They don't call us a "Water-Winter Wonderland" for nothing!

The five Great Lakes that surround Michigan are collectively known as the largest freshwater system on the planet and hold 20% of the world's surface supply of freshwater.

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Shaped by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago the Great Lakes are what make Michigan Pure Michigan. There's no place I'd rather be!

However, after living out of state for several years I can't tell you just how much misinformation there is out there about the Great Lakes. No one can seriously grasp the size of these lakes without seeing it firsthand.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the Great Lakes I encountered while living out of state in the Midwest:

5 Myths About The Great Lakes Only Non-Michigan Residents Believe

If I only had a dollar for every time some non-Michigander asked me if it's possible to see across the Great Lakes!

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon

Michigan's Great Lakes Flag Warning System

In addition to local municipalities Michigan state parks use a color-coded flag warning system to advise potential swimmers of current water conditions.The system is meant to keep swimmers safe. Learn their colors, and in some cases, their consequences.

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon

3 Michigan Gems You've Likely Never Been To Before

From historic to quirky, here are several hidden gems in Michigan that may be off the beaten path but are so worth the drive!

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon

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