Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has
the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, bounded by four of the
five Great Lakes
, plus Lake Saint Clair
In 2005, Michigan ranked third for the number of registered recreational boats
, behind California
. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes.
A person is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water
source, or more than 87.2 miles (137 km) from Great Lakes coastline.