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Frozen Michigan Lakes

26 Breath-Taking Photos of Frozen Michigan Lakes in Winter

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    Michigan has some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and while most people reserve their love of the lake to the warm months of summer, Michiganders know that frozen lakes make for some breath-taking images. We’ve curated a collection of frozen Michigan lakes from some of the best Michigan landscape photographers on Instagram.

    Water temperatures can fluctuate quickly as waves and wind can change water patterns on the lakes. But when the cold of winter arrives, ice forms. The extent of that ice varies from winter to winter, but every year features unique ice structures. Exploring frozen lakes in Michigan is one of the best winter things to do in Michigan!

    Frozen Lake Michigan

    Lake Michigan covers over 22,000 square miles and is over 300 miles long from north to south. In the winter, the ice piles up along the shoreline making for unique formations and dangerous conditions. Many people enjoy exploring Lake Michigan beaches in the wintertime to capture photos of the ice formations along the frozen lake!

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Holland
    Holland | photo via @adwaitbhagwat

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @youngmatthewcouch

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: FishtownLeland
    FishtownLeland | photo via @coltons_captures

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Traverse City
    Traverse City | photo via @puremifamily

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @thegirl.explores

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Petoskey
    Petoskey | photo via @blakebrattinaphoto

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Lake Michigan
    Lake Michigan | photo via @youngmatthewcouch

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @karaemurphy

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Lake Michigan
    Lake Michigan | photo via @jmarentette

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @aarondehn

    Frozen Michigan Lakes: Huron

    From its northern border in the Straits of Mackinac to the mouth of the St Clare River, Lake Huron enjoys a bounty of breath-taking ice formations that bring winter enthusiasts out to photograph it for those of us less enthralled with ice and cold.

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Arch Rock
    Arch Rock | photo via @greendrinks

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Lake Huron
    Lake Huron | photo via @brettparent1

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Turnip Rock
    Turnip Rock | photo via @michiganskymedia

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Straits of Mackinac
    Straits of Mackinac | photo via @michiganskymedia

    Frozen Lakes in Michigan: Lake Superior

    With its northern location, Lake Superior experiences a longer and colder winter than the rest of the state, providing some amazing ice formations on its frozen shores.

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Marquette
    Marquette | photo via @michiganskymedia

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Keweenaw Peninsula
    Keweenaw Peninsula | photo via @amandelini

    Frozen Michigan Lakes: Lake St. Clair

    Due to its location, Lake Erie generally sees less ice than the other Great Lakes, but Lake St. Clair on the north end of the Detroit River experiences a freeze most years.

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Belle Isle
    Belle Isle | photo via @gagneconnor17

    Frozen Lakes in Michigan: Inland Lakes

    Michiganders love their inland lakes almost as much as the Great Lakes! Frozen inland lakes make great locations for ice skating, ice fishing, and boot hockey!

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Glen Lake
    Glen Lake | photo via @michiganskymedia

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Lake Charlevoix
    Lake Charlevoix | photo via @dzwphoto

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Horton Bay
    Horton Bay | photo via @alexchildressphoto

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Harbor Beach
    Harbor Beach | photo via @michiganskymedia

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Walloon Lake
    Walloon Lake | photo via @rebeblake

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Platte Lake
    Platte Lake | photo via @thatguyoverthayer

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Cadillac
    Cadillac | photo via @coltons_captures

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: unknown pond in Michigan
    unknown pond in Michigan | photo via @jaredevangelista

     

    frozen winter lakes in Michigan: Tahquamenon Falls
    Tahquamenon Falls | photo via @devon_loerop

    Best Places to View Frozen Michigan Lakes

    As temperatures fluctuate from year to year, it can be difficult to determine where the best frozen lakes in Michigan are. In general, though, you can expect to find frozen lakes in the Upper Peninsula from late November through March. The Lower Peninsula generally freezes over in most locations by January and unless we have an unseasonably warm spring, much of the Lower Peninsula stays frozen into early March.

    No matter when or where you explore Michigan’s frozen lakes, be sure to exercise cold weather and ice safety and follow any posted signs prohibiting ice exploration.

    Current Great Lakes Ice Coverage

    More Winter Things to Do in Michigan

    Beyond exploring frozen Michigan lakes, there are so many great things to do in Michigan in winter, including romantic winter getaways in Michigan and family-friendly Michigan winter destinations to visit!

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