The Gardens at Waters East sits along the western shore of Lake Michigan. The name comes from the Ojibwe people --- mishi-gami meaning “great water”. The lake is one of the five Great Lakes in USA, 307 miles long and about 118 miles wide at the widest. The average depth is 279 feet with a maximum of 925 feet. It is 581 feet above sea level and is the result of the last Ice Age. It contains one Quadrillion gallons of water. It is so large that it would take about 400 billion gallons of water to raise the level by one inch.
Surface area is 31,200 square miles (82,000 square kilometers). Waves can reach as high as 20 feet. It is home to the largest freshwater sand dunes.
All photos posted today were taken at the Gardens at Waters East - except the next two. However if you look closely you might see the gardens on the West side of the lake.
The deepest part of Lake Michigan is about 15 miles north of the Gardens at Waters East. The water temperature at that deepest level is nearly a constant 39 degrees. It is the only Great Lake located completely in the USA.