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Starvation Lake
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Location of the lake in Michigan.
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Starvation Lake
Location in Michigan
Location Kalkaska County, Michigan
Coordinates 44°50′42″N 84°57′00″W / 44.845°N 84.950°W / 44.845; -84.950
Primary inflows underwater springs, precipitation
Basin countries United States
Max. length 0.8 miles (1.3 km)
Surface area 125 acres (0.5 km2)
Max. depth 47 ft (14 m)
Surface elevation 1,217 feet (371 m)

Starvation Lake is a recreational and fishing lake in Kalkaska County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 125-acre (0.5 km2) lake is approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long and has a maximum depth of 47 feet (14 m). The lake is fed primarily from submerged springs with the remainder from direct rainfall and runoff.

The unusual name has been explained in local folklore. The area around the lake, prior to being developed, was used primarily for hunting and trapping. It has been said that a hunter was setting traps near the water's edge when he got trapped in one himself. Before help could arrive he had died from starvation. Another story is that criminals were hiding out in the area, there was a snow fall and couldn't make it to town so they were stranded there and died from starvation.

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