STS068-164-124 Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan, U.S.A October 1994
Featured in this southwest-looking, low-oblique photograph are the northwest forest and agricultural lands adjacent to Grand Traverse Bay (bottom right). An arm of Lake Michigan, the bay, 32 miles (52 kilometers) long and up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide, is known for fishing and boating in this popular year-round vacation and resort area. The sandy soils near the shores of Lake Michigan are excellent for fruit-growing, especially cherries. Many lakes are scattered throughout the area--Houghton Lake, the state's largest inland lake, and Higgins Lake to its north (upper left); West and East Twin Lakes to the northeast (lower left); Walloon Lake and larger Charlevoix Lake south of Little Traverse Bay (near bottom right); and elongated Torch Lake and smaller Elk Lake just east of the Grand Traverse Bay shore, at the south end of which is Traverse City (barely discernible).

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