the Big Lake Gitche Gumme

This is a shared email from my friend Tim ~ interesting facts of our Great Lake Superior.  If you look at the map and find the city of Ashland ... I'm located 60 miles directly south :)

Why it's called Lake Superior
 Pretty amazing..... Did you realize
how big this lake is?


Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh
water on the planet Earth.

It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles.
The average depth is 147 meters or 483 feet.
There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior
Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world.

A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy, but that name
was never officially adopted.

It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes
combined, plus three extra Lake Erie's!!

There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Mary's River
(Sault Ste Marie) into Lake Huron, but it takes almost
two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and
South America with water one foot deep.

 Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial retreat, making it one
of the earth's youngest major features at only about 10,000 years old.

The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.
There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.
The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 meters
or 31 feet high.

If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight
line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas .

Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior with the
largest source being the Nipigon River

The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is about 8 meters
or 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes .

Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 meters.

In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the
western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.

Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion
years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior ..

It very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for a few
hours.  Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.

 The Ojibwe call the lake Gichigami, meaning "big water." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as "Gitche Gumee" in The Song of Hiawatha, as did Gordon Lightfoot in his song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. even with its name, i had no idea it was that large!

  2. What a BIG puddle of water. Biggern all our mill ponds...

    Thanks for the statistics, I knew it was a lot of water, but that is amazing. The average depths amazes me, I love to bottom fish but I'd have to have a winch!!!

    Thanks lady. Good stuff and a great read. (((HUGS)))

  3. Wow, I knew she was big and deep and claimed many ships but I had no idea of How big and deep...now we know the rest of the story....thanks Mel. And to think we live close enough to enjoy it's waters every summer and fall. Stepping foot in Lake Superior is like taking an ice bath but so therapeutic. Do you remember when?
    And she tosses some awesome agates ashore, free for the hunters.
    Great entry Sis.

  4. This is really interesting thanks for sharing. You forgot to mention the biting flies. :) Also, you can hardly stand to swim in it even on hot days - it is really cold! We did the circle tour many years ago. Blessings from Ringle, WI.

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  6. It's nice to know where the bloggers are from, so many different areas. You are not too far from Ironwood MI? That's where my former college roommate was from and she always spoke of how cold it got. Interesting facts about the lake. I always loved the song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I thought it was much older but it's not!

  7. Thanks for this info. So very interesting. Of course I've never been there and will never go there at my age and health but it was fun to read about it. Sometime it't so hot here in summer I would like to dip my toes in it, maybe?

  8. And I am old enough to remember the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk. The shores around the lake are just beautiful. Hubby and I often talk about getting our passports updated and revisit the north side of the lake!!

  9. Good googa-mooga who'd of ever thunk that there Lake was so massive. Thanks for sharing all these interesting and fun facts. :)
    P.S.: I thought of Gordon Lightfoot's song as soon as I read the title.

  10. Thanks for sharing - Great entry! We plan to see more of that Great Lake shoreline this summer! Love that we live close enough to enjoy it. We've gone up in Nov. and watched surfers (in wetsuits) on a bay up by Marquette - bad move on my part I forgot the camera.
    'love & hugs from afar'

  11. This was a really really cool email and pic! I might do a quick blog and connect to this, if you don't mind- someday. It was so interesting! No wonder we get lake effect snow way down here in PF! :)

  12. What a fascinating description of our lake, and I now begin to understand why it's called "Superior". Sounds beautiful indeed. "Gitchee Gummee" or "Gichigama" it's still a pretty big pool of water.