Lower Peninsula Information & Overview


The Lower Peninsula of Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes of Michigan except on its southern border, which is shared by Ohio and Indiana. The Great Lakes include Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. The Lower Peninsula includes the Great Lakes Circle Tour, which is a designated scenic road system that connects all of these Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten, with the mid-eastern region identified as "The Thumb." Some people believe that the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is a hand print of Paul Bunyan. Many people from Lower Michigan often hold out their hand and point to a spot on it to symbolize where in Michigan they are from. Common nicknames for the Lower Peninsula of Michigan include: "The Mitten," "Below the Bridge," "Lower Michigan," and "The L.P." Residents are jokingly referred to as "trolls" by residents of the Upper Peninsula because the Lower Peninsula is "under the bridge."

Enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing; summer fun at the many beaches, swimming, hiking or camping. Take a scenic and relaxing drive through the Tunnel of Trees in Harbor Springs or visit any of the many lighthouses that the Lower Peninsula of Michigan has to offer.

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