Lake Superior

What can I say?  You probably already know where it is and how big it is.  Very big; around here it’s often just called “The Big Lake,” as opposed to the hundreds of smaller lakes in this part of Wisconsin.  Superior covers 31,700 square miles and has a mean depth of 483 feet.  Measured by surface area, it’s the world’s largest freshwater lake.  (Measured by volume, however, it comes in third behind Baikal and Tanganyika.)

The Great Lakes make up 20% of the earth’s surface fresh water, and half of that water is stored in Lake Superior. The cleanest and clearest of the Great Lake, Superior is located on the northern edge of Wisconsin and stretches between the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Ontario. Superior stretches approximately 350 miles from west to east, and 160 miles north to south.

Superior is deep enough so it stays relatively cold in the summer.  That alone makes it less than ideal for swimming.  Unless you’re really into sea kayaking, or unless you own a boat big enough for the big lake, then you’re more likely to enjoy the view than to actually get out on or in the water.

There are more than 78 species of fish recorded in Lake Superior. They include Brook Trout, Burbot, Carp, Lake Herring, Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye, Sea Lamprey, Yellow Perch, and many others.

Last time Superior totally froze over was 1997. Weather and climate is moderated by Lake Superior. Winter is warmer and summer is cooler.

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