Great Lakes – Lake Superior

This article is about a magnificent glacial lake which holds many records. Lake Superior holds the record of being the world’s largest fresh water lake by the surface area and the third largest freshwater lake by the volume, behind Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. It is also considered as the largest lake in the North America which is the mother land to many great lakes.

The Lake Superior is surrounded by Minnesota – the US state from west, Ontario – the Canadian Province from north and the upper peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin from south. Out of all the great lake chains, the Lake Superior holds the record of being at the highest elevation and it releases its water to St. Mary’s River.

This great lake is formed by over two hundred large and small rivers including Nipigon River, Pic River, and White River etc. when the Lake Superior empties its water to St. Mary’s River, then St. Mary’s flows and releases its water to Lake Huron.

The average surface elevation of Lake Superior is recorded as 183m (600ft) above the sea level. However the water level of the Lake Superior varies from month to month. The highest recorded water level if from October and November and the lowest is from March and April. The Lake water tends to get warm rapidly compared to its surrounding area.

There are many islands in Lake Superior and out of those islands, Isle Royale in state of Michigan is the largest island. There are small lakes in this island too.

If you are a traveller and would like to explore Lake Superior, there is a Great Lakes Circle tour which is a designed scenic road system that connects all the great lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Lake Superior

Lake Superior (Photo: flickr/Scott Smithson)

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse (Photo: flickr/Captain Tenneal)

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