|Year Entered the Union: 1837 – 26th
State in the Union
Name Origin: Derived from the Indian
words, “michi-gami”, meaning “large lake”
Nicknames: Great Lakes State, Winter
Wonderland, Wolverine State
Number of Counties: 83
- Michigan leads the nation in the registration of pleasure
boats and snowmobiles.
- Michigan’s park system contains 96 individual
state parks spread over 260,000 acres.
- First in the nation with roadside parks and
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