In Michigan, we’re blessed to be surrounded by water. Last weekend, I went to visit my uncle, who lives off Lake Michigan. It was a great time, even though it was pretty cold outside. Still, sitting along the lake and watching the ripples and currents was such a peaceful experience. But, I got to thinking, how dangerous is Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes? As it turns out, Michigan has the deadliest lake in all of America. This isn’t a big surprise, because we have some of the biggest lakes in the U.S.
Before we get to specifics, note that according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, 15 people have already died in the Great Lakes in 2023. Think about the fact that the season hasn’t even started yet, and that’s pretty incredible. A total of 108 people drowned in the Great Lakes in 2022. Also, a whopping 1,170 people have died in the Great Lakes since 2010. It’s a reminder to stay safe out there and take precautions when the waters get rough.
My Michigan Beach has some simple tips to stay safe in the water this year. They say to, “Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present. Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size and the water activity. Always wear a life jacket while boating, regardless of swimming skill.
Michigan Has the Deadliest Lake in America
My Michigan Beach also notes that the Great Lakes are freshwater seas, meaning, “the water can change quickly.” Find more tips on how to stay safe on the beach this summer here. Read on for the deadliest lakes in all of America, including No. 1, which is right here in Michigan.