what is lake michigan day?
Lake Michigan Day was started in 2014 to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. The Lake Michigan Stakeholders promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.
Clean water is a basic right and necessity for all life. If you live near Lake Michigan, you are fortunate to be living near one of the world’s largest lakes. Every day, each of the human residents of the Lake Michigan basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is also essential for countless fish, birds, animals, and plants.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
To show appreciation for the lake, individuals, communities, businesses, tribes, First Nations, churches and other groups celebrate Lake Michigan Day each year on the second Friday in August. Lake Michigan Day is a time set aside to consider our connection to Lake Michigan’s water. Each Lake Michigan Day, all residents who live, work, play, and worship around the lake can organize events in their communities or take action in their homes, at their places of employment or in community groups to help protect the treasure that is Lake Michigan.
Host your own Event!
Consider hosting a Lake Michigan Day event in your community. We have resources available for libraries, environmental groups/nature centers, elected officials, artists, faith communities, anglers, and businesses. Check out the Host An Event page to learn more. Don’t forget to register your event. We will send some goodies to help promote your event and provide fun giveaways to event participants. Register Here!
- Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake entirely within the United States.
- The Lake Michigan shoreline is over 1,600 miles long – the distance from Chicago to the Florida Keys!
- The five Great Lakes contain 90% of the U.S. fresh water supply and 18% of the world’s fresh water supply.
- Over 2 million Wisconsin residents live on or near the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
- Water from Lake Michigan impacts us all economically. We use it for drinking, food, bathing, industry – every day.