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ripley699
12-03-2009, 11:21 PM
Which state has the longest shoreline in the United States?
This MUST include all the "innies " and "outies" bays and coves ..ALL the shoreline !!! ALL

California ? not even close ,,,texas Ha ! Alaska,,,nope !
The state you might not even think of.
If you are from this state ,lets let them think about this for a bit ...you can chime in a little later,,,after all, you and I know that you don't get to stand up on a soapbox too often !
RIPLEY

BrianW
12-03-2009, 11:28 PM
I think your wrong, but am willing to be educated.

TimH
12-03-2009, 11:35 PM
Michigan

BrianW
12-03-2009, 11:43 PM
http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29938_30243-103397--,00.html

nope... Not Michigan.

ripley699
12-03-2009, 11:45 PM
Brian,
You could actually be right. Perhaps the question that was posed to me was "which state in the lower 48 " or perhaps it was "in the contiguous states "...I may have mistsated the question .I heard the question and answer long ago and I may have asked the question incorrectly.
None the less i think you know what I am looking for and that the answer will astonish most.
Please give me a little "lee way" here ...I am old
Rip

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-03-2009, 11:56 PM
It has to be Alaska, it's huge, and it's one large peninsula so coasts on three sides, plus all the curves. Unless you are talking the lower 48, then I would say Michigan, there's just an awful lot of shoreline due to both peninsulas, plus the very significant Saginaw bay and all the other bays. I think Michigan used to have the most lighthouses too.

TimH
12-03-2009, 11:58 PM
Michigan used to have the most registered boats in the US.

ripley699
12-03-2009, 11:59 PM
Yep...lower 48 and contiguous
RIPLEY
Very interesting answer ....not Florida !
not Michigan !

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-04-2009, 12:02 AM
*thinking* Well Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes....that's gotta add up....(all those years of reading license plates has to be good for something)

TimH
12-04-2009, 12:11 AM
Michigan has the longest coastline in the contiguous US, with 3,288 miles of coastline. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline.

ripley699
12-04-2009, 12:12 AM
Bob {otb},
You would usually be correct ut "shoreline" means shorline which is salt. What you are suggesting is lake frontage ...sorry ,not allowed[and it wouldn't win ]

TimH
12-04-2009, 12:16 AM
Michigans shore is as much coast as any coast.

peb
12-04-2009, 12:32 AM
Not counting Alaska, it has to be florida, does it not?

BTW, measuring shoreline is somewhat of a game IMO. Its kind of like dealing with fractals in mathematics. You can keep using smaller and smaller definitions of what you concider a bay or inlet and keep getting larger and larger answers. I have seen lakes around here which are approximately 5 miles by 2 biles be advertised as containing over 100 miles of shore line.

David G
12-04-2009, 12:33 AM
Rhode Island

Mark Van
12-04-2009, 12:53 AM
I would guess Maine.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-04-2009, 12:56 AM
Well dang it, if you exclude Alaska because it's not the lower 48, and exclude Michigan because its shoreline is not salt water shoreline, then I have to say Florida. But you said it's not Florida. Florida, dammit. OK, Maybe Louisiana, there's an awful lot of shore area in a region that looks like a sponge from the air, although they sure are losing a lot of it pretty fast.

P.L.Lenihan
12-04-2009, 12:57 AM
South Dakota?

Dr.Spoke
12-04-2009, 12:57 AM
Louisiana

BrianW
12-04-2009, 12:59 AM
Brian,
You could actually be right. Perhaps the question that was posed to me was "which state in the lower 48 " or perhaps it was "in the contiguous states "...


I figured that may have been the case. Excluding Alaska makes it a much more interesting question anyhow.

There are many ways to skin this cat. ;)

bucheron
12-04-2009, 01:29 AM
Bob {otb},
You would usually be correct ut "shoreline" means shorline which is salt. What you are suggesting is lake frontage ...sorry ,not allowed[and it wouldn't win ]

So California could count the Saltine Sea, that being salt?

Phillip Allen
12-04-2009, 01:39 AM
spill it quick...I gotta get back to bed

P.L.Lenihan
12-04-2009, 01:41 AM
Idaho?

ishmael
12-04-2009, 01:48 AM
Ding ding ding, we have a winner, Maine.

ripley699
12-04-2009, 01:55 AM
You guys are ALL pretty smart .
you a'll almost got it but ....
"the state wiith the most shore line [salt water] when one walks ,with a wheel to measure the distance actually walked.... you are all so close but you are not looking at the definition of shore front property

RIPLEY

ishmael
12-04-2009, 03:29 AM
From what I understand, never walked the entire, Maine has the most coastline of any.

BrianW
12-04-2009, 03:43 AM
If you've never walked it, entirely, I'am not sure we can accept your answer. ;)

Dr.Spoke
12-04-2009, 04:13 AM
These people think it's Florida
http://www.infoplease.com/toptens/longestcoastlines.html
But you've said that is wrong.... Come on what's the answer, and the motivation because it's obviously a trick question..

P.L.Lenihan
12-04-2009, 04:14 AM
Come on guys! I'm doing my best by eliminating a couple so it is easier to find the correct answer:)

BrianW
12-04-2009, 04:17 AM
Sure, but what about Utah?

perldog007
12-04-2009, 04:36 AM
Alaska, and Sarah Palin can see your socialist lite butt through the scope of her .300 magnum....

purri
12-04-2009, 05:46 AM
OZ:mad:

MiddleAgesMan
12-04-2009, 05:53 AM
North Carolina

coelacanth2
12-04-2009, 05:55 AM
Maine. IIRC, 2500 miles or thereabouts. Like a Thomas's English Muffin - all those nooks and crannies...

Woxbox
12-04-2009, 07:21 AM
Maine has made this claim in the past. But it's a bit bogus. If a coastline is a fractal shape, which Maine's is, the length can be argued to be infinite.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
12-04-2009, 07:36 AM
Depends how you measure it....
Alaska (http://www.infoplease.com/toptens/longestcoastlines.html) gets 6640 miles - which is fully one and a half times that of the county of Argyllshire in Scotland.....

WHAT???

Figures are lengths of general outline of seacoast. This does not include freshwater coastlines. Measurements are made with unit measure of 30 minutes of latitude on charts as near scale of 1:1,200,000 as possible. Coastline of bays and sounds is included to point where they narrow to width of unit measure, and distance across at such point is included
See?

Steve Paskey
12-04-2009, 07:37 AM
If we're taking "shoreline" loosely, do lakes or rivers count? That would open up a whole different group of contenders ... like Minnesota, which has more than 11,000 lakes that are at least 10 acres. If you count the lakes, I'm willing to bet that Minnesota has more "shoreline" than California and Florida combined.

OH ... never mind. Rip says we're not counting lakes. I missed that the first time.

Peerie Maa
12-04-2009, 07:44 AM
You guys should think Fractals (http://polymer.bu.edu/java/java/coastline/coastline.html)

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 07:50 AM
Maine has made this claim in the past. But it's a bit bogus. If a coastline is a fractal shape, which Maine's is, the length can be argued to be infinite.It is an old trick!

One set of standards is applied to Maine, while that same criteria is ignored in other states.
They measure every nook and crannie, and river in Maine, but ignore things like Biscayne Bay in Florida, which would more than triple in coastline if you include the mainland shore, and both sides of the barrier island.

There is a similar tale told in Vermont and New Hampshire. Supposedly they are the largest eastern states if you flatten them out.

pefjr
12-04-2009, 08:03 AM
high or low tide?

Dan McCosh
12-04-2009, 08:20 AM
When does a river mouth become part of a coastline?

Peerie Maa
12-04-2009, 08:28 AM
When does a river mouth become part of a coastline?

Highest point up river where the river is tidal.

jerryrichter
12-04-2009, 09:12 AM
Which state has the longest shoreline in the United States?
This MUST include all the "innies " and "outies" bays and coves ..ALL the shoreline !!! ALL

California ? not even close ,,,texas Ha ! Alaska,,,nope !
The state you might not even think of.
If you are from this state ,lets let them think about this for a bit ...you can chime in a little later,,,after all, you and I know that you don't get to stand up on a soapbox too often !
RIPLEY

Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay?
Jerry Richter

jerryrichter
12-04-2009, 09:21 AM
Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay?
Jerry Richter

Follow-up. According to Shoreline Management in Chesapeake Bay, C.S. Hardaway, Jr, & R.J. Byrne, Pub. by Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, the tidal shoreline of the Bay is 9,000 miles.

Wayne Jeffers
12-04-2009, 10:38 AM
My first thought was Virginia.

A bit of trivia that I recall from many decades ago is that Chesapeake Bay has more shoreline than all the rest of the US Atlantic coast combined. With all those broad tidal rivers, I’m guessing that Virginia has more of the Bay’s shoreline than Maryland. Virginia also has the lower bit of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Wayne

peb
12-04-2009, 10:44 AM
On further thought, depending on how it is calculated, I think I will go with Texas. It has a long shoreline that is almost completely surrounding with barrier islands. This should multiply the number by 3. Add in the not insignificant number of lakes throughout the state.

But again, it depends on how it is calculated.

I suspect that the state ripley699 is asking about is Oklahoma. It has some really large lakes. And every Oklahoma tourist guide I have ever seen loves to brag about the amount of shoreline on various lakes. But I don't buy it, I suspect the Okies are taking the fractal math to a extreme degree. Also, I don't know if I would trust the Okie's accuracy in addition :).

TimH
12-04-2009, 10:47 AM
I love the look on peoples faces that I have brought back to Michigan from here when I take them to a beach at Lake Michigan.
Their mouths drop and the say something like "but you cant see the other side"

peb
12-04-2009, 10:57 AM
I love the look on peoples faces that I have brought back to Michigan from here when I take them to a beach at Lake Michigan.
Their mouths drop and the say something like "but you cant see the other side"

Very likely Michigan is the correct answer. I just did some google searches and the best case is made for michigan. I did my own comparison and it beats Texas, even multiplied by 3 taking into account the barrier islands.

But I am sure the trick answer being sought is Oklahoma. But to prove the point about inconsistency of measuring, I came across two different sights and found one listing Oklahoma's shorline at over 11,000 miles and one listing it at over 2,000 miles.

Kaa
12-04-2009, 11:03 AM
Actually, ripley699 corrected himself and specified salt water shoreline, so Michigan and Oklahoma are both out.

Kaa

peb
12-04-2009, 11:05 AM
Actually ripley699 corrected himself and specified salt water shoreline, so Michigan and Oklahoma are both out.

Kaa
Whoops, missed that one.

goodbasil
12-04-2009, 11:10 AM
Texas

ljb5
12-04-2009, 11:11 AM
Actually, ripley699 corrected himself and specified salt water shoreline, so Michigan and Oklahoma are both out.

Kaa


Yes, but how salty?

Kaa
12-04-2009, 11:11 AM
My guess is that the answer depends on the technicalities of measurement. All coasts are fractal, so the scale at which you measure massively affects your results. Besides, one can include or exclude the circumference of islands (Maine, for example, has LOTS of islands).

Kaa

ccmanuals
12-04-2009, 11:41 AM
My first thought was Virginia.

A bit of trivia that I recall from many decades ago is that Chesapeake Bay has more shoreline than all the rest of the US Atlantic coast combined. With all those broad tidal rivers, I’m guessing that Virginia has more of the Bay’s shoreline than Maryland. Virginia also has the lower bit of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Wayne

Wayne, your kinda right but VA really only owns up to the shoreline on their border and Maryland owns the Bay.

Captain Blight
12-04-2009, 12:17 PM
Highest point up river where the river is tidal.
Really? That's the "official" definition? Huh.

BTW, Minnesota doesn't have as many lakes as Wisconsin does, and Wisconsin's definition of what constitutes a "lake" is stricter than Minnesota's. Wisconsin also has part of the Mississippi, and IIRC more rivers and streams than MN.

But, yeah... start adding up the shorelines on the lakes, and even Maine's iron-bound coast starts looking shorter and shorter.

SMARTINSEN
12-04-2009, 12:31 PM
Saltine Sea?

Captain Blight
12-04-2009, 12:39 PM
He meant "Salton."

Harbormaster
12-04-2009, 12:58 PM
Personally I got a kick out of the thought of flattening New Hampshire and Vermont.

MiddleAgesMan
12-04-2009, 02:36 PM
...reminds me of a question that has been nagging me for a few decades: When you buy an acre of mountainous land do you get more square feet of land than you'd get buying flat prairie?

Dan McCosh
12-04-2009, 04:45 PM
Highest point up river where the river is tidal.

By this definition, the Great Lakes are part of the Atlantic coastline.

Captain Blight
12-04-2009, 05:02 PM
True, Lake Superior has a very small but still measurable tidal effect.

Peerie Maa
12-04-2009, 05:04 PM
True, Lake Superior has a very small but still measurable tidal effect.

Gravity attracts. OK :D

rbgarr
12-04-2009, 05:11 PM
By this definition, the Great Lakes are part of the Atlantic coastline.

Lake Ontario is tidal? I know Niagara Falls isn't a reversing falls so it and Lake Erie are not tidal.
At least I don't think The Falls reverse... maybe I wasn't there at the right time?!? :D:D

2MeterTroll
12-04-2009, 05:18 PM
any state shore you have to walk the entirety of with one of those little rolly measuring things.

Peerie Maa
12-04-2009, 05:20 PM
Really? That's the "official" definition? Huh.



Try these :D
Free online dictionary (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/estuary)

rbgarr,
If the lake is big enough the sun and moons gravitational pull will cause a tide without the need for connection to the seaa.

ripley699
12-04-2009, 05:49 PM
David G ,post #14 is the winner ..
correct answer is RHODE ISLAND

When you go into the rivers and up in the rivers as far as the salt water travels at high tide ,then R.I. has a ****e full of water front !

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 06:07 PM
David G ,post #14 is the winner ..
correct answer is RHODE ISLAND

When you go into the rivers and up in the rivers as far as the salt water travels at high tide ,then R.I. has a ****e full of water front !You need to travel a little.

Or at least buy an atlas.

StevenBauer
12-04-2009, 06:17 PM
Well I see the ripper is as well informed about geography as he is about politics. :)

From Rhode Island's own website:

"While Rhode Island is only thirty-seven miles wide and forty-eight miles tall, its many bays, coves, and offshore islands give it a tidal shoreline that measures 384 miles in length. Forty miles of that is coastal, placing Rhode Island in nineteenth place among the states."

A quick look around the web shows Maine with 3,478 miles, Virginia with 3,315 miles, Alaska with 6,640 miles and Florida with 11,450 miles (including the Everglades).

Nice try Rip.


Steven

ripley699
12-04-2009, 06:21 PM
[quote=StevenBauer;2410448]Well I see the ripper is as well informed about geography as he is about politics. :)

From Rhode Island's own website:

"While Rhode Island is only thirty-seven miles wide and forty-eight miles tall, its many bays, coves, and offshore islands give it a tidal shoreline that measures 384 miles in length. Forty miles of that is coastal, placing Rhode Island in nineteenth place among the states."

A quick look around the web shows Maine with 3,478 miles, Virginia with 3,315 miles, Alaska with 6,640 miles and Florida with 11,450 miles (including the Everglades).

Nice try Rip.

My info came from the state of R.I. tourism dept.
Sorry if it is wrong,and hence I am as well ,if that be the case
Rip

johnw
12-04-2009, 06:25 PM
Saltine Sea?

You're crackers.

johnw
12-04-2009, 06:26 PM
So, Florida is the correct answer? I'd have guessed Alaska.

Hal Forsen
12-04-2009, 06:32 PM
Saltine
http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/wp-content/gallery/2009-09-11-dr-drew/11-saltine.jpg

Salton

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e2/Salton_Sea_Tilapia.jpg

:p

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 06:34 PM
So, Florida is the correct answer? I'd have guessed Alaska.I think Continental U.S. is what we were looking for.
But then again, it may have changed!:rolleyes:

StevenBauer
12-04-2009, 06:38 PM
Wiki Answers has this:

Florida has 1,350 miles of general coastline and 8,426 miles of tidal shoreline.
Texas has 367 miles of general coastline and 3,359 miles of tidal shoreline.
California has 840 miles of general coastline and 3,427 miles of tidal shoreline.

The numbers will differ based on how the measurements were taken. The above answers are based on the following definitions.

General coastline is defined as the general outline of seacoast. Measurements made with unit measure of 30 minutes of latitude on charts as near scale of 1:1,200,000 as possible. Coastline of bays and sounds is included to point where they narrow to width of unit measure, and distance across at such point is included.

Tidal shoreline figures were obtained in 1939-1940 with recording instrument on largest-scale maps and charts then available. Shoreline of outer coast, offshore islands, sounds, bays, rivers, and creeks is included to head of tidewater, or to point where tidal waters narrow to width of 100 feet.

Incidentally, Alaska has more than these three states combined with 6,640 miles of general coastline and 33,904 miles of tidal shoreline.

The source of this information is the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service.



Steven

ripley699
12-04-2009, 06:45 PM
My original source was a sign that was posted at the John Williams university in the mid 1970's when i drove by ...I bet that sign has been removed ...

I am wrong ... wiki even says that R.I. has just over 400 miles of shoreline

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 06:56 PM
My original source was a sign that was posted at the John Williams university in the mid 1970's when i drove by ...I bet that sign has been removed ...

I am wrong ... wiki even says that R.I. has just over 400 miles of shorelineI wasted an entire day on this!:confused:

I need to find a job!;)

ripley699
12-04-2009, 07:07 PM
do I owe you an ink cartridge ?

If you spent an entire day on this then yes, you do need a job ,,,or something !
Rip

Woxbox
12-04-2009, 07:11 PM
All coasts are fractal,

I don't know about New Jersey. It's pretty damn straight along the waterfront on the Atlantic Side. Around back, it does get a bit wiggly.

Glen Longino
12-04-2009, 07:16 PM
Rhode Island my arse.
Somebody get a rope!

johnw
12-04-2009, 07:20 PM
It has to be Alaska, it's huge, and it's one large peninsula so coasts on three sides, plus all the curves. Unless you are talking the lower 48, then I would say Michigan, there's just an awful lot of shoreline due to both peninsulas, plus the very significant Saginaw bay and all the other bays. I think Michigan used to have the most lighthouses too.
do we have a winner?

johnw
12-04-2009, 07:23 PM
I wasted an entire day on this!:confused:

I need to find a job!;)
How can the day be wasted when you learned about the saltine sea?

TimH
12-04-2009, 07:27 PM
Including the Everglades? LOL

whatever.

Bruce Taylor
12-04-2009, 07:28 PM
Quebec has 8,278 miles of saltwater coastline, but some of it gets pretty hard in the winter. :)

I think Braam has us all beat, tho'.

TimH
12-04-2009, 07:37 PM
FLORIDA:

Coastline - 1,197 Statute Miles

Tidal Shoreline - 2,276 Statute Miles

Beaches - 663 Miles

Florida has more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams & waterways

Longest River - St. Johns at 273 miles

Info found at : http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=95


There is a comparative table of state shorelines on the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality's site that gives the measurements for states touching the Great Lakes. See http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3677-15959--,00.html World Book Encyclopedia (v.13, p.500 of the 2000 edition) states that Michigan's shoreline, at 3,288 miles is "more than any other state except Alaska. This includes 1,056 miles (1,699 kilometers) of island shoreline." This is not including rivers, inland lakes, swamps, or cesspools.

In v.1 (p.284 and 294) of the same edition it states that Alaska has 6,640 miles or 10,686 kilometers of coastline.

Lew Barrett
12-04-2009, 08:55 PM
The answers are here (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001801.html)
Congrats, AK and LA.

ccmanuals
12-04-2009, 08:59 PM
Maryland - 4360 miles of tidal shoreland
http://shorelines.dnr.state.md.us/data_tech.asp

TimH
12-04-2009, 08:59 PM
LA has 397?

Swamps dont count. I can walk all of Michigans coastline - with a measuring wheel. Try that on a marsh.

johnw
12-04-2009, 09:02 PM
The answers are here (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001801.html)
Congrats, AK and LA.
Nope. Add Florida's Atlantic and Gulf Coast numbers, it beats Louisiana.

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 09:16 PM
Wiki Answers has this:

Florida has 1,350 miles of general coastline and 8,426 miles of tidal shoreline.
Texas has 367 miles of general coastline and 3,359 miles of tidal shoreline.
California has 840 miles of general coastline and 3,427 miles of tidal shoreline.

The numbers will differ based on how the measurements were taken. The above answers are based on the following definitions.

General coastline is defined as the general outline of seacoast. Measurements made with unit measure of 30 minutes of latitude on charts as near scale of 1:1,200,000 as possible. Coastline of bays and sounds is included to point where they narrow to width of unit measure, and distance across at such point is included.

Tidal shoreline figures were obtained in 1939-1940 with recording instrument on largest-scale maps and charts then available. Shoreline of outer coast, offshore islands, sounds, bays, rivers, and creeks is included to head of tidewater, or to point where tidal waters narrow to width of 100 feet.

Incidentally, Alaska has more than these three states combined with 6,640 miles of general coastline and 33,904 miles of tidal shoreline.

The source of this information is the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service.



StevenI find this very interesting!
Do you have a link?

Soundbounder
12-04-2009, 09:23 PM
Personally I got a kick out of the thought of flattening New Hampshire and Vermont.It is kind of funny, I agree!
But think about it; the Adirondacks and Catskills more than compensate for the Green Mts, and White Mts.
Same goes for the Allegheny and Shenendoah Mts.

It only works if you flatten out VT and NH, but leave other states as they are.

TimH
12-04-2009, 09:36 PM
I can see why swamp states have more coastline though. Each cattail has about 1" of coastline by itself. Im sure it adds up. :)

bucheron
12-04-2009, 09:50 PM
Smartinsen, Blight, JohnW, Hal,

correction accepted gracefully.

I must remember never to rely on my memory again.

Michael s/v Sannyasin
12-04-2009, 11:43 PM
My guess is that if you look at total square miles of the state, and total coastline, and calc the ratio, then RI will have the highest ratio of shoreline of any state in the union, including Alaska.

ripley699
12-04-2009, 11:52 PM
I owe you 2 beers

RIPLEY

Dan McCosh
12-05-2009, 09:43 AM
Lake Ontario is tidal? I know Niagara Falls isn't a reversing falls so it and Lake Erie are not tidal.
At least I don't think The Falls reverse... maybe I wasn't there at the right time?!? :D:D

All the Great Lakes have measureable tides--from 1-4 cm.

David Tabor (sailordave)
12-05-2009, 10:45 AM
Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay?
Jerry Richter


Was my first guess! As a multigenerational Marylander I knew the Bay had a HUGE amount of TIDAL coastline. Not sure if it's more than VA or not.

johnw
12-05-2009, 01:55 PM
My guess is that if you look at total square miles of the state, and total coastline, and calc the ratio, then RI will have the highest ratio of shoreline of any state in the union, including Alaska.
Seems like Hawaii would beat them on ratio.

David G
12-05-2009, 02:57 PM
I owe you 2 beers

RIPLEY

699 - You owe me for the case of champagne I bought to celebrate when you announced me as the winner... and which I can no longer, in good conscience, drink :( That'll be $780 please!

ripley699
12-05-2009, 08:27 PM
Florida !

TimH
12-05-2009, 09:30 PM
Yawn..... any good answer comes up?

Rank State Bodies of Water Miles—General Coastline
1. Alaska Pacific/Arctic 6,640
2. Florida Atlantic/Gulf 1,350
3. California Pacific 840
4. Hawaii Pacific 750
5. Louisiana Gulf 397
6. Texas Gulf 367
7. North Carolina Atlantic 301
8. Oregon Pacific 296
9. Maine Atlantic 228
10. Massachusetts Atlantic 192

Michigan is number 2 if you consider the Great Lakes to have coasts. Apparently the Great Lakes arent real bodies of water :rolleyes:

Dan McCosh
12-06-2009, 08:47 AM
Rank State Bodies of Water Miles—General Coastline
1. Alaska Pacific/Arctic 6,640
2. Florida Atlantic/Gulf 1,350
3. California Pacific 840
4. Hawaii Pacific 750
5. Louisiana Gulf 397
6. Texas Gulf 367
7. North Carolina Atlantic 301
8. Oregon Pacific 296
9. Maine Atlantic 228
10. Massachusetts Atlantic 192

Michigan is number 2 if you consider the Great Lakes to have coasts. Apparently the Great Lakes arent real bodies of water :rolleyes:

Tell that to the America's Cup committee, which declared them "an arm of the sea".

TimH
12-06-2009, 11:36 AM
Well there is the St. Lawrence Seaway.