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By the Numbers: Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan’s ranking as the deadliest of the Great Lakes. It has had nearly as many drownings and water rescues since 2010 (223) as the four other Great Lakes combined.

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The number of feet Lake Michigan has risen since the Jan. 2013 record low.

21

The number of Lake Michigan drowning victims so far this year.

83

The number of current-related drownings on Lake Michigan between 2002 and 2015, which is more than double the number of incidents on the other Great Lakes.

253

The number of current-related water rescues performed between 2002 and 2015.

279

Lake Michigan’s average water depth, in feet.

307

The length of Lake Michigan, in miles.

925

The maximum depth of Lake Michigan, in feet.

22,300

The number of square miles of the Lake Michigan surface.

12 million

The approximate number of people who live on the shores of Lake Michigan in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Source:  livescience.com

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