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. When asked where in Michigan one comes from, a resident
of the Lower Peninsula may often point to the corresponding part of
his or her hand.
The Upper Peninsula (U.P.)
is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac,
a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper
Peninsula (whose residents are often called "Yoopers") is economically
important for tourism and its natural resources. The Upper and Lower
Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which
is the third longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the world.
This is the source of the name "trolls" for residents of the Lower
Peninsula, for they live "under" (south of) the bridge.
The Great Lakes that border
Michigan are Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
Michigan also abuts Lake Saint Clair, which is between Lake Erie and
Because of it's ample snowfall,
northern Michigan is a favorite place for many winter sports enthusiasts.
Snowmobilers and skiers come from all over the midwest to enjoy their
favorite downhill and trail riding activities. Watch live webcams
from all over the state.