• 307Mi. of Shoreline
  • 279Avg. Depth
  • 923Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    State Park (Some)
    National Park (Some)
  • Ownership
    Public
  • Acreage
    14,332,160
Marinas
(219) 879-8301
31 Lake Shore Drive
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 229-7960
12 On the Lake
Michigan City, IN 46360
Golf Courses
(219) 395-5200
1001 Sand Creek Drive
Chesterton, IN 46304
Public
(219) 921-1192
1110 Pearson Road
Chesterton, IN 46304
Private
Campgrounds
(219) 395-1882
645 Broadway Avenue
Beverly Shores, IN 46301
2581 IN-2
La Porte, IN 46350
  • Fish: Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed with restrictions. -- Cannot be used as a primary residence.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
  • Dock restrictions (No).
Hospitals
(219) 886-4000
600 Grant Street
Gary, IN 46402
Airports
Grand Beach International Airport
40721 Golf Road, Grand Beach, Michigan 49117
7 miles away
Bodin Landing Strip
Chesterton Indiana 46304
2 miles away
About Lake Michigan
The Second Largest Great Lake

Lake Michigan is well known as one of the five Great Lakes in North America. It is the second largest of all the great lakes with a volume of 1,180 cubic miles.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely within the United States territory. It touches several of the U.S. states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

Ghost Ships

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum approximates 6,000 ships have been lost to the waters of Lake Michigan.

Thanks to Lake Michigan's cold, freshwater many of the ships have been extraordinarily well-preserved and make a thrilling spot for divers to travel back in time.

There are many times when you can see these ships from the top of the water because of how clear Lake Michigan's waters are.

What to do on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan's size makes it the perfect lake for just about any kind of water sport or recreation. Boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, diving, and more.

There are plenty of parks, hiking areas, and wildlife preservation areas along Lake Michigan, making it an excellent place for nature lovers.

Boat cruises and fishing excursions are a great way to explore the clear waters of Lake Michigan.

Living on Lake Michigan is truly an angler's dream. Fishing Lake Michigan provides some of the best fishing for steelhead, coho salmon, perch, chinook salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye in the Midwest.

Depending on where you live along the coast, there are many large cities that you can visit to enjoy new sights, attractions, and entertainment.

Chicago is one of the more famous towns along Lake Michigan's coast. It has many tasty restaurants, fun music, parks, nightlife, and museums to explore.

Live Great on the Great Lakes

Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or a vacation rental, Lake Michigan is an excellent choice.