how far inland do you have to live to avoid the bad smell from the lake in the summer?

Asked by Ken, Chicago, IL Wed Jun 27, 2007

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Tricia, Home Seller, Illinois
Sun Jun 1, 2008
Lake Michigan itself doesn't smell bad. Sometimes it can smell fishy depending on the wind. The smell that is really strong sometimes comes from Abbott Labs in North Chicago. I have talked to some of their scientists that say it is not a harmful smell. They say it would be Erin Brokovich like if you could not smell it.
From my house, a little over a mile from Waukegan harbor, sometimes we can hear the lighthouse and boats racing on the lake.
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Joe Mullens, , Lake Forest, CA
Thu May 8, 2008
We live one mile from the lake in Lake Forest and never smell it. We often go to the beach and do not smell anything.
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Trulia Roger, Home Buyer, Alameda, CA
Thu Jun 28, 2007
Or better yet, drive around and check for yourself--the locals might be so inured to the smell their perception of it might be different from yours.
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Horlow , , 19440
Thu Jun 28, 2007
The best way to find out is to ask the locals.
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