An online petition to change the name of Lake Michigan to "Lake Wisconsin" is picking up some steam. The Detroit Free Press found that the petition, which was introduced on April 1st, had about 600 signatures this past Friday. The petition, which can be found at, has a few choice words for WHY this Great Lake should be renamed.

The very opening line of the website reads, "We, the citizens of Wisconsin, feel it’s time for the Great Lake of Michigan to be renamed Lake WisconsinFor too long Michiganders have gloated over Lake Michigan and their pretty sunsets. From now on, we will exclusively refer to it as Lake Wisconsin until every American joins us." First of all, I would just like to point out that it's stupid for them to be jealous of our views of "Lake Michigan and [our] pretty sunsets" because the Sun sets in the West. The only way to see a sunset over Lake Michigan, is to BE in Michigan. The site goes on to give reasons for the change, stating things like they have some history involved with the lake, or that they have a lot of cows who need water too. But if you read all the reasons the website gives for the name change, it seems like Wisconsin is just jealous.

Yes, you heard me right. Wisconsin is HELLA jelly of Michigan and it's namesake lake. Sure, I might a biased Michigander when it comes to the name of Lake Michigan, but there are some legitimate reasons WHY it's called Lake Michigan, and NOT Lake Wisconsin.

  1. The meaning of the name Michigan comes from the Indian word "meicigama" (pronounced "mishi-gama"), which means great water. 
  2. You could be standing ANYWHERE in Michigan and always be within 85 miles of any of the Great Lakes.
  3. Wisconsin boasts that they share over 495 miles of coastline with "Lake Wisconsin"; Well guess what? Michigan shares over 1,600 miles of Lake Michigan's coastline (that's the correct name, btw).

So as you can see, Wisconsin's argument holds no water! Sorry folks, had to... And let's not forget that this one time, Wisconsin tried to say that THEY are the REAL "Mitten State". I mean, are you serious...?

Wisconsin (L) and Michigan (R); Getty Images