You may not know this, but Lake Champlain, on the border of New York and Vermont, was once designated as one of the "Great Lakes". But it only lasted for a couple of weeks in 1998. According to, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, designated Lake Champlain as a Great Lake when he put a line into a bill for water research funding, in 1998. And because it was briefly a Great Lake, the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program is about to get up to $1 million in research funding every year. Let's review some facts:

Lake Champlain covers 514 square miles and is 400 feet deep at it's deepest point.

Lake Superior covers almost 32,000 square miles and is 1300 feet deep at it's deepest.

Lake Michigan covers 22,000 square miles and is 900 feet deep.

That's how you get to be one of the Great Lakes. I don't care if you DO have a sea monster named, "Champ". Lake Champlain is nowhere near Michigan. And your lake would mess up the outline on the stickers we put on the back of our SUVs. Not to mention all those tattoos that would have to be re-done.

I say, "no", you were NEVER a "Great Lake". Fake news.


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