Lansing is the capital
of Michigan, and the state's sixth largest city. It is located mostly
in Ingham County, although small portions of the city extend into
Clinton County and Eaton County.
The Lansing metropolitan
area, referred to as "Mid-Michigan," is an important center
for educational, cultural, governmental, business, and high-tech
manufacturing institutions, including three medical schools (two
human medicine and one veterinary), two nursing schools, two law
schools, a Big Ten Conference university (Michigan State), the state
capitol, the state Supreme Court, an appellate court, a federal
court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters
of four national insurance companies.
Lansing elevation ranges
between 890 feet (271 m) above sea level on the far south side of
Lansing along Northrup Street near the Cedar Street intersection,
to 830 feet (253 m) above sea level along the Grand River.
The Grand River, the largest river in Michigan, flows through downtown
Lansing; and the Red Cedar River, a tributary of the Grand River,
flows through the campus at Michigan State University. There are
two lakes in the area, Park Lake and Lake Lansing, both northeast
of the city. Lake Lansing is approximately 500 acres (2 km²)
in size and is a summer favorite for swimmers, boaters, and fishermen.
Michigan State University Sailing Club and the Lansing Sailing Club
are located on Lake Lansing, where sailing regattas are hosted throughout