Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan


Lake Michigan gets so clear after winter's ice melts that you can see shipwrecks in the depths of the air.


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Each spring on Lake Michigan, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see shipwrecks due to the incredibly clear springtime waters. Every winter, ice forms on the Great Lakes. That ice is often thick enough that the people who live on their shores can not only go ice fishing but even ride snowmobiles across their surfaces.

At the coming of spring, the ice melts, leaving the waters of some of the lakes especially clear for a while until warmer weather creates algae blooms and other events that reduce the water’s clarity.

In the early spring, the waters of Lake Michigan are currently so clear that aircraft flying over its surface are able to easily see shipwrecks deep below the surface of the water.

The clear blue water may be beautiful and inspire a desire to get in, the waters of Lake Michigan remain extremely cold in April, with the water temperature often still in the 30s. The frigid water temperatures and the fact that the lakes are freshwater are the reasons that the wrecks stay so well preserved, despite the fact that they have been down there for over a century.

It’s been estimated that there are 6,000 shipwrecks lying on the floors of the Great Lakes, including Lake Michigan, with around 1,500 located in Michigan waters. Even in the Manitou Passage Preserve, there are a number of other wrecks that weren’t able to be photographed.


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