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Straits of Mackinac


A Three Minute Tour of Line 5 Under the Straits of Mackinac


Great Lakes Diving the Straits of Mackinac Shipwrecks


Sights of the Straits: The Mackinac Bridge


A Straits of Mackinac Sunset


Flying over the Straits of Mackinac

The Straits of Mackinac are a series of narrow waterways in the U.S. state of Michigan, between Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas. The main strait flows under the Mackinac Bridge and connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The main strait is three point five miles (5.6 km) wide and has an maximum depth of 295 feet (90 m). Hydrologically, the two connected lakes can be considered one, which is called Lake Michigan–Huron. Historically, the region around the Straits was known by the native Odawa people as Michilimackinac. The Straits of Mackinac is "whipsawed by currents unlike anywhere else in the Great Lakes."
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