Mackinac, Straits of

Channel connecting Lake Michigan with Lake Huron.

Forming an important waterway between the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan, U.S., the straits are 30 mi (48 km) long and 4 mi (6 km) wide at their narrowest point. They are spanned by the Mackinac Bridge, a 3,800-ft (1,158-m) suspension bridge built in 1957.

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 channel connecting Lakes Michigan (Michigan, Lake) (west) and Huron (Huron, Lake) (east) and forming an important waterway between the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan, U.S. Spanned by the Mackinac Bridge (opened 1957) and underwater gas and oil pipelines, the straits are 4 miles (6 km) wide and approximately 30 miles (50 km) long and include the passage between several islands in northwestern Lake Huron. Discovered by Jean Nicolet (Nicolet, Jean) in 1634, the straits played a prominent role in the fur trade and defense of the upper Great Lakes and Canada.

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