Stop #7: Gladstone & Fox Park, Lake Michigan

The day after we had 2 beaches ahead of us. I was excited because Lake Michigan is the last of the Great Lakes that we had to see to have seen all 5.

We have only swam in 4 though, all except Lake Ontario, which is ironically the closest one to us. Some Facts about Lake Michigan….

  • Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake located entirely in the US. The other four Great Lakes are shared with Canada.
  • Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area.
  • Lake Michigan is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume.
  • Lake Michigan is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world

Because Lake Michigan has lots of sandy beaches, the region is often referred to as the “Third Coast” of the United States, after those of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

The first beach we visited was in Gladstone (Van Cleve Park & Gladstone Beach).

Unlike in lakes Erie and Huron, the waves were very small in Lake Michigan. But the temperature was perfect, warmer than in Lake Superior.

The second beach was called Fox Beach. There we ate lunch. I loved that beach because we were the only people there. It felt like we were all alone on an island, our only companions the sand, water, trees, and seaweed.
After those wonderful experiences we drove to Milwaukee.

Our first time zone change occurred when we drove through Wisconsin and went back an hour.

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