The Facts You Want to Know About Lake Erie

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Today, we will take a look at some questions about Lake Erie you might have. Your curiosity is important. That’s how we discover new things. So without further ado, let’s explore some of your questions about Lake Erie.

 

Is Lake Erie Frozen?

One of the more common questions today about Lake Erie is if it’s frozen. Are there any pictures out there that could prove how cold it is in Lake Erie? How long does Lake Erie even freeze? The answer to that is simple. First, yes, Lake Erie does get frozen. There are photos online that will verify that the Lake does indeed freeze. Generally, it freezes for as long as the winter lasts.

 

Is Lake Erie Salt Water?

It may help you to know that Lake Erie is one of the Great Lakes in the U.S., which consists of Superior, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, and Erie. All of these are freshwater lakes. So no, Lake Erie is not a salt water. It accounts for one-fifth of the freshwater in the planet that reaches about six quadrillion gallons.

It’s also worth noting that the Lake Erie does look like a body of ocean. It must be because of how big it seems and the depth it reaches. This Lake does also afford a scenic view even if it has a problematic population issue by the nearby state that it is located. With this great view, the place is one of the many places that people visit when they want to have a great vacation. They also go to this place to enjoy fishing.

 

How Thick Is The Ice On Lake Erie?

There’s enough information online to say that Lake Erie has a thin ice. It’s thin enough that it may not be able to promote erosion strength. Lake Erie is a shallow lake, but it used to have ice that was so thick that it was even possible to drive over it. This is no longer the case.

 

How Deep Is Lake Erie At Its Deepest Point

The simple answer to this question is 64 meters. In contrast, Lake Michigan is 281 m, while Lake Ontario is 244 m. Lake Huron right now is 229 m. In this respect, it is safe to say that Lake Erie has the shallowest and the warmest biologically healthy lake among the five Great Lakes. It’s also useful for you to know that Lake Erie is about 57 miles long at its widest while you can get around 871 miles of shoreline of it in its most comprehensive reach.

 

How Many Gallons Of Water Are In Lake Erie?

It’s also an open information for everyone that there are about 1.3 x 10^15 gallons of water in Lake Erie,  which is 1,300,000,000,000,000. Another interesting information you need to know about Lake Erie is that its water pollution. Eight billion gallons of sewage were thrown into Lake Erie back in 2004. 2 billion worth of toilet flushes were dumped into the water source.

Lake Erie, by the way, remains to be the smallest lakes among the Great Lakes regarding water volume. It is second to Lake Ontario. It is also worth noting that the lake is about 30,140 square miles in total basin area and drainage.

 

What is the Water Temperature of Lake Erie?

There is, of course, a series of answers to this question, because of water temperature changes. The average Lake Erie water temperature, though, is

85 F (29 C), during high temperatures. During low temps, such as in summer months, the water temp reached 70s F (21 C to 24 C). During these pleasant water temperatures, people flock there to enjoy lake activities.

 

Other Important Information About Lake Erie

It may also interest you to know that Lake Erie is considered the fourth largest body of water regarding surface area. With its round area that consists of about 9,910 square miles, you sure have a lot to explore in the area. There’s also a lot of diversity in the lake, as can be shown in the research done by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Did you also know that Lake Erie is surrounded by four U.S. states? These four states include Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. You can also find Toledo, Ohio on the western end of the Lake. The southernmost part of the Lake reaches the Detroit River, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. One of the tributaries near the lake in St. Clair River.

It’s also worth noting that Niagara Falls is the outlet of the Lake and that Niagara Falls connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

There are also several people living on the shores of Lake Erie. These people are the natives of the land. Some of the tribes that live in the area include Erie tribe and the Iroquois. These people are indigenous. They have their ways of living. It’s also worth saying for anyone curious that the French Explorer Louis Joliet is the one who discovered Lake Erie in 1669.

It would also be fun for people to know a little bit of trivia about Lake Erie. Urban legend indicates that there is a lake monster in Lake Erie. Bessie is the name of the huge sturgeon that seems to be the monster in Lake Erie.

There are various species that you can find in Lake Erie. In fact, different invasive species like quagga and zebra mussels can be found in Lake Erie.

It may also interest you to know that there are three basins in Lake Erie. Its western basin average has a depth of around 24’. The central basin average of Lake Erie is 60’.

It’s also a fun fact to know that Lake Erie came to exist from a glacial ice around 1 million and 12,600 years ago. This is a historical geological fact and may be able to help you learn more about the Lake than any other book you read.

It could also be useful for you to understand that Lake Erie contains a lot of minerals. You can find the largest sandstone quarry in Lorain, Ohio, and this extends out to the Lake Erie. This means that many types of metals can be found in the Erie’s waters. It may also be of your interest to know that there is a significant reserve of gas that can be found in Lake Erie. About 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is in Lake Erie’s reserves.

It’s also essential for people to appreciate that Lake Erie had predecessors. It used to be a various set of beachlines that spanned a few miles. It may even be safe to say that the developed beaches today wouldn’t have existed without Lake Erie.

Whether heading out during sun or snow, bring along one of our Lake Life shirts or sweatshirts to show some love for all the great waterscapes around Michigan.

 

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Donald Herrera Fairbairn

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