United States National Lakeshore


United States National Lakeshore

A National Lakeshore is a protected area of lakeshore in the United States. National Lakeshores are similar to U.S. National Parks in that they are maintained and protected by the U.S. National Park Service. Currently, there are four National Lakeshorecite book| first=John W. (ed.)| last=Wright| coauthors=Editors and reporters of "The New York Times"| year=2006| title=The New York Times Almanac| edition=2007| publisher=Penguin Books| location=New York, New York| id=ISBN 0-14-303820-6| pages=61] areas in the United States, all of them on lakes Michigan and Superior. The total area of the four shorelines is 145,641 acres (589.3 km²). These areas are located in the states of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

National lakeshores

* Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising, Michigan, on Lake Superior. Authorized in 1966, Pictured Rocks was the first National Lakeshore and largest by area.
* Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, in northwest Indiana, near Michigan City, on Lake Michigan. Authorized in 1966, soon after Pictured Rocks. By most estimates, this park is the most popular National Lakeshore, probably due to its proximity to Chicago and other large Midwestern cities.
* Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, in northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior. Authorized in September 1970.
* Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Leelanau County Michigan, on Lake Michigan. Authorized in October 1970.

References

External links

* [http://www.nps.gov/piro/ Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore]
* [http://www.nps.gov/indu/ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore]
* [http://www.nps.gov/apis/ Apostle Islands National Lakeshore]
* [http://www.nps.gov/slbe/ Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore]


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