“I grew up playing on a lot of lakes in the winter and swimming in them in the summer, just like any hockey player growing up in Michigan.”
Michigan’s 11,000-plus inland lakes offer lots of places for summer splashing, kayaking, fishing and more.
Among the options: Play amid the dunes at Silver Lake, between Muskegon and Ludington. Go birding at Gull Lake near Augusta, home to the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary. Rent a pontoon boat on Lake St. Clair, just outside Detroit. Or stop by Lake Leelanau while exploring the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.