Of the five Great Lakes, Lake Huron is the second largest by surface area. With nearly 30,000 islands in its waters, Huron is also the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world. Green forest surrounds Lake Huron, which makes it one of the most picturesque places you will ever visit. Likewise, its beautiful scenery and rich natural resources help support the region economically.
Lake Huron receives water from both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The water from the lake drains through Lake Erie. The retention time of water in Lake Huron can last up to 22 years, one of the longest in the world. Two countries share its borders – the province of Ontario, Canada rests in the eastern part of the lake and the Michigan on US sits on its western end.
There are many interesting things about Lake Huron.
Here are some amazing facts about Lake Huron that may surprise you.
- The last Ice Age and melting of glaciers were the major factors in forming Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.
- In the 1600s, European explorers first discovered Lake Huron from the rest of the Great Lakes. French explorers who found the lake named Huron after the people inhabiting the area. In 1615, Samuel de Champlain and Étienne Brûlé reached Georgian Bay.
- There are several huge sinkholes scattered in Lake Huron that contains high amounts of sulfur and low amount of oxygen. These sinkholes can duplicate earth’s ocean conditions about 3 million years ago.
- One of the deadliest storms in history to hit the Great Lakes struck Lake Huron the hardest. This devastating natural disaster happened on November 9, 1913. The storm sank ten ships and at least twenty vessels were pushed ashore, it lasted for 16 hours and killed 235 people.
- The largest underground salt mine in the world, Goderich Mine, operates underneath Lake Huron. It mines at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) below earth’s surface.
- Most significant cities around Lake Huron include Alpena, Bay City, Cheboygan, Goderich, Rogers City, Sarnia, Sauble Beach, Saugeen Shores, St. Ignace, Tobermory, and Port Huron.
- More than 1,000 shipwrecks scattered at the bottom of Lake Huron. Even when left to decay, these wrecks still serve as wonders in the lake because of their historical significance. Lake Huron has five underwater preserves in Michigan, and Ontario has their own Fathom Five National Marine Park. Tours in the lake include a glass-bottomed boat rid to see 22 underwater shipwrecks.
- One of the most admired qualities of Lake Huron is its pristine and remarkably clear water.
- The total surface of Lake Huron is about 59,588 square kilometers, with a maximum depth of 229 meters. Averaging of 59 meters deep, and 332 kilometers long, Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes.
- Urban legend has it that a water monster named Mishebeshu or “giant lynx” dwells underwater near the mouth of Serpent River in the northern part of Lake Huron.
- Lake Huron houses 30,000 islands including the largest and the most famous freshwater island, Manitoulin Island.
- The lake is so big that it can accommodate Georgian Bay. The bay is about 80% of the size of Lake Ontario. Georgian Bay is so massive that it is itself the 20th largest lake in the world and is the sixth largest lake in the US.
- Lake Huron does not entirely freeze; it only freezes about once every decade. The last time it froze was in 2014, and about 95% of the lake was covered in ice.
- Flowerpot Island, well-known for its “sea stack” or “flowerpot” rock formations is located at Bruce Peninsula. The place is known for its peculiar limestone formations as a result of years of erosion, waves, and rain.
- Located at Georgian Bay and measuring 14 kilometers of white sand beach, Wasaga Beach is the world’s largest freshwater beach.
- Lake Huron even has a 7,000-year-old petrified forest near Lexington, Michigan.
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