The Great Lakes of North America

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Downtown Chicago from the lakefront © J. Crocker

Downtown Chicago from the lakefront © J. Crocker

The Great Lakes are a collection of freshwater lakes located in northeastern North America, on the Canada – United States border. Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total surface, coming in second by volume behind Baikal in Russia. The total surface is 208,610 km2 (80,545 sq mi), and the total volume is 22,560 km3 (5,412 cu mi) The lakes are sometimes referred to as the North Coast or “Third Coast” by some citizens of the United States. The Great Lakes hold 21% of the world’s surface fresh water.

Dispersed throughout the Great Lakes are approximately 35,000 islands. The largest among them is Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, the largest island in any inland body of water in the world. The second-largest island is Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Both of these islands are large enough to contain multiple lakes themselves – Manitoulin Island’s Lake Manitou is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest lake located on a freshwater island.

The Great Lakes are used to supply drinking water to tens of millions of people in bordering areas. This valuable resource is collectively administered by the state and provincial governments adjacent to the lakes.

The Great Lakes Marina Park at Menominee, Michigan © Royalbroil Skyline of Toronto viewed from Harbour © flickr.com - John Vetterli Ice-covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse © United States Coast Guard - Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen Great Lakes © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes System Profile © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 'Great Lakes Cruises' painted by Fred Lentz © John Steel 'Fishing in Midland Harbour' painted by Fred Lentz © John Steel Downtown Detroit from Belle Isle © Fogster Downtown Chicago from the lakefront © J. Crocker
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Ice-covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse © United States Coast Guard - Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen
Recreational boating and tourism are major industries on the Great Lakes. A few small cruise ships operate on the Great Lakes including a couple of sailing ships. Sport fishing, commercial fishing, and Native American fishing represent a US$4 billion a year industry with salmon, whitefish, smelt, lake trout, and walleye being major catches. In addition, all kinds of water sports can be found on the lakes. Unusually for inland waters, the Great Lakes provide the possibility of surfing, particularly in winter due to the effect of strong storms and waves.

The Great Lakes Circle Tour is a designated scenic road system connecting all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

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