Michigan

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Michigan is a state located in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any place in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair.  Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating.  The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.  A person in the state is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from aGreat Lakes shoreline.  
  Michigan consists of two peninsulas that lie between 82°30' to about 90°30' west longitude, and are separated by the Straits of Mackinac. The 45th parallel north runs through the state—marked by highway signs and the Polar-Equator Trail—along a line including Mission Point Light near Traverse City, the towns of Gaylord and Alpena in the Lower Peninsula and Menominee in the Upper Peninsula. With the exception of two small areas that are drained by the Mississippi River by way of the Wisconsin River in the Upper Peninsula and by way of the Kankakee-Illinois River in the Lower Peninsula, Michigan is drained by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed and is the only state with the majority of its land thus drained.
 

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