Like each of the other four* Great Lakes, Lake Erie has many moods. All of them have their appeal, except maybe the wildest storms if you live right on the shore like I do! I think my favorite mood of the lake is when it's perfectly calm, almost mirror-like, and the light and air play tricks with the horizon and perspective, making things like fishing net floats look like a string of beads floating in some strange cosmic void. (click for best viewing)
Lake Erie is:
- the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area (and the tenth largest lake globally) but is the smallest and shallowest of the Great Lakes by volume - and therefore is the warmest, and has the shortest average water residence time.
- bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario, on the south by the U.S. states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, and on the west by the state of Michigan.
- named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore.
- an average depth of 62 feet (19 m) and a maximum depth of 210 feet (64 m). For comparison, Lake Superior has an average depth of 483 feet (147 m).
- primarily fed by the Detroit River (from Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair) and drains via the Niagara River and Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario.
- home to Point Pelee National Park, the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, located on a peninsula extending into the lake. Several islands are found in the western end of the lake; these belong to Ohio except for Pelee Island and 8 neighboring islands, which are part of Ontario.
- host to a number of cities on it's shores, including Buffalo, New York; Erie, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; Port Stanley, Ontario; Monroe, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio, and of course, Leamington , Ontario where I currently live!