No! The answer is plain and simple, folks. There might be some dangerous fishes in Lake Michigan but not reported yet that strongly! But that doesn’t deny the fact that Lake Michigan is the most dangerous water for swimmers of great lakes.
Great Lakes, the “Inland sea” North America which consists of 8 states and the vast waterbody spans forest, grassland and wetlands. It’s a heavenly place on earth, the natural view of great lakes is stunning. You can think of going there with a fishing rod and reel for amazing pleasure. But, swimming there? You might wanna give a second thought about that.
The whole Great Lake ( Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior ) is a beautiful but dangerous place. And Lake Michigan? Well, Lake Michigan is the deadliest among them. Let’s find out why!
Are the species make the water dangerous for explorer there? Or there’s something else that makes it a haunted place!
Here’s the secret. Lake Michigan is the deadliest because of the lake configuration. It is 307 miles in length north to south, with totally undisturbed shores on east and west sides. That means, a fully exposed shoreline to deadly longshore and RIP currents.
As a result, every year this monster is taking the life of many peoples. The great lakes surf rescue statics of 2017 shows us a horrifying result which can give you goosebumps about this place and proves that which one is the deadliest!
Here’s a death report back from 2002, these longshore and rip currents were responsible for 82 drownings and 244 rescues of swimmers. If you compare that with other cases, that’s more than double the 126 reports (62 drownings and 64 rescues) in the four other Great Lakes combined. Shocking isn’t it?
Regarding this, Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project said in two different statements,
Longshore currents: It’s a characteristic of Lake Michigan which is the reason for many deaths. Longshore current occurs when winds blow parallel to the shore or along piers and build waves down the length of the shoreline. The geographical position creates a longshore current in this lake.
RIP current: The worst thing about rip current is it looks safe, that makes a guy take the wrong step and lead to a major drown case. About 50,000 of people caught in rips every year and had to be rescued. So yeah, it’s not a joke!
Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes. Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer. (1)
Rip current is a major threat in Lake Michigan, it can ultimately take you so far from the shore and put you in the deep water. To know more you can check out this video down below.
Accessibility, easy access: a result shows us that, the state park along Lake Michigan is the most popular while the Holland state park is the second most visited park in the state. That leads us to the point that, it’s deadliest because more people have access to the place!
We all love to explore beautiful places and enjoy the epic scenes, witnessing a lifetime memory. But life is more precious than anything. Some knowledge can save us from life hazard, so why not spend some time on the study about the place before packing the bag?
It’s on the air now that lake Michigan is one hell of a dangerous place for its location and formation. Yup, there are some sea lampreys found there which is destroying its eco-system, some even reported there are piranhas in the water of great lakes, but the truth is they are not actually piranhas.
So fish is not the reason to worry here in Lake Michigan, be careful because it’s born deadly!