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Michigan

Population: 9,938,444 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Michigan Game and Fish Department
503 north Euclid Ave., Suite 1
Bay City, MI 48706

989-684-9141
www.michigan.gov/dnr

State Background

Michigan is a Midwestern state of the United States, located in the east north central portion of the country. It is bounded by four of the five Great Lakes ( Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior), plus Lake Saint Claire. The state is bounded on the south by the states of Ohio and Indiana, sharing both land and water boundaries with both. Michigan's western boundaries are almost entirely water boundaries, from south to north, with Illinois and Wisconsin in Lake Michigan. There is a land boundary with Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula and then water boundaries again, in Lake Superior, with Wisconsin and Minnesota to the west. The state is capped to the north and east by Ontario.

Michigan is the only bi-peninsular state. The Lower Peninsula of Michigan, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is sometimes dubbed "the mitten," owing to its shape. The Upper Peninsula is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac. It is heavily forested and relatively mountainous in the west. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the United States. It encompasses 58,110 square miles of land, 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes waters and 1,305 square miles of inland waters. No point in Michigan is more than 6 miles from an inland lake or more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes. Michigan's climate features cold, snowy winters that favor a variety of winter sports, and warm summers that appeal to thousands of vacationers each year and provide a boost for Michigan's local economies.

State Species

Big Game Black Bear Elk White-tailed Deer
Waterfowl Canada Geese
Common Snipe
Coots
Ducks
Mergansers
Moorehens
Rail
Furbearer Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Coyote
Fisher
Fox
Marten
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Otter
Raccoon
Small Game American Woodcock
Bobwhite Quail
Crow
Hare
Mourning Dove
Rabbit
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Squirrel
Wild Turkey
Woodchuck
Predators English Sparrow
Ferel Pigeon
Ground Squirrel
Porcupine
Red Squirrel
Skunk
Starling
Weasel
Sport Fish Atlantic Salmon
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Lake Herring
Lake Sturgeon
Lake Trout
Lake Whitefish
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Menominee
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Pink Salmon
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Smelt
Steelhead
Walleye
White Bass
White Sucker
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Michigan Anglers Network Michigan ATV Association
Michigan United Conservation Clubs

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