Being born and raised in Michigan It's easy to take for granted how many lakes and rivers we have..

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Michiganders that enjoy these waters don't always leave it the way they found it.

I'm guilty of losing a beer or two over the years while tubing.

One can may not seem like a big deal but they can add up fast.

Credit: Muskegon River Trash Bash via Facebook
Credit: Muskegon River Trash Bash via Facebook
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Thankfully amazing volunteers get together to clean up our rivers each year.

I'll tell you about them in a second but first, let's test your Michigan river knowledge.

Longest Rivers Located IN Michigan

Michigan has approximately 51,438 miles of river.

Before you scroll down take a moment to think about what river is the longest in Michigan.

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I'll give you a clue it's 215 miles long.

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The longest river entirely within the state of Michigan is the Muskegon River.

It stretches approximately 215 miles from its source in Higgins Lake to its mouth at Muskegon Lake.

The Muskegon River
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The Grand River is about 260 miles in length flowing from Jackson County to its outlet into Lake Michigan

The Grand River in Grand Rapids Michigan
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The St. Joseph River, which forms part of the border between Michigan and Indiana and flows for approximately 206 miles

The St. Joseph River
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The Saginaw River, which connects Saginaw Bay to Lake Huron is about 22 miles long.

The Saginaw River in Michigan
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Volunteers Pulled Out 31,000lbs of Trash From Michigan Rivers

In 2023, volunteers with the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) program pulled more than 31,000 pounds of garbage from Michigan rivers and streams.

Muskegon River Trash Bash
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The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan.

Muskegon River Trash Bash
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It was created through Michigan Executive Order #2003-15 to assist the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs

Muskegon River Trash Bash
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What's The Fine For Littering In Michigan?

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In Michigan, littering less than three cubic feet of trash is a civil infraction with fines between $800 and $1,500.

You Can Help Clean Up The Muskegon River

Wanna help clean up the Muskegon River this year?

You can take part in the Muskegon River Trash Bash 2024.

The annual family-friendly cleanup hopes to encourage residents and visitors of all ages to pitch in to protect the river, its tributaries, and the thousands of acres of land that surround it.

You can get more details and sign up by clicking here.

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This Pure Michigan Mansion Overlooks Lake Michigan And Has A Movie Room

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