Lake Michigan-Huron, Great Lakes, USA & Canada

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All About Lake Michigan-Huron

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron – two of North America’s Great Lakes – are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They are connected by the five-mile-wide Straits of Mackinac. Hydrologically, this makes these “two lakes” a single lake.

Some hydrologists designate the combined entity of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as “Lake Michigan-Huron.”

We list the combined entity here to acknowledge that some consider Lake Michigan-Huron to be the world’s largest freshwater lake, measured by its combined surface area of 45,410 square miles – about 29 million acres – surpassing Lake Superior’s 20.3 million acres.

The combined entity Lake Michigan-Huron is the world’s fourth-largest lake by volume: nearly 7 billion acre-feet. The world’s largest three freshwater lakes by volume are Lake Baikal (first, in Siberia), Lake Tanganyika (second, in central Africa), and Lake Superior (third, in North America).

At Lakelubbers, we treat Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as two separate lakes, but acknowledge the combined surface area and volume as “points of interest” to our visitors.


Find Places to Stay at Lake Michigan-Huron

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Michigan-Huron Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Michigan-Huron lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Lake Michigan-Huron Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 29,062,400 acres

Shoreline Length: 5,463 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 577 feet

Maximum Depth: 923 feet

Water Volume: 6,858,776,000 acre-feet

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