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July is Lake Appreciation Month in Michigan

LANSING, Michigan (WLUC) – July east Lake Appreciation Month. The pledge highlights the rich ecosystems, fresh drinking water, recreational appeal and economic vitality that Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes and four bordering Great Lakes provide.

“In Michigan, our lakes – large and small – define us. Every Michigander is dedicated to protecting our lakes and ensuring that we pass them on to future generations,” Governor Whitmer said. “This July, when so many of us are enjoying our Pure Michigan experiences, we can reflect on how Michigan’s lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater enrich our lives. Protecting them means addressing generational challenges such as aging infrastructure, invasive species and climate change. Together I know we will.

To appreciate Michigan’s lakes is also to respect them, especially the immense power of the Great Lakes. When planning a summer trip to Great Lakes beaches, always exercise caution, pay attention to beach flag warnings (if any), and be aware that the lakes are prone to dangerous rip currents, crashing waves and rapidly changing weather conditions.

Of Michigan’s more than 100 state parks, 42 offer access to the Great Lakes coastline, making them popular destinations for gatherings with family and friends. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers safety advice and information everyone should know before taking the plunge.

The Wisconsin-based nonprofit North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) promotes Lake Appreciation Month internationally, with at least 25 US states and three Canadian provinces joining this year’s effort. NALMS encourages lake-related activities including shoreline cleanups, educational tours, boating, swimming, bird watching and photography.

Here are resources to learn more about Michigan’s lakes and how to keep them healthy:

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