Lake Erie

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Lake Erie is the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes in North America and the world's eleventh largest. It is the Great Lakes' southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume, and thus has the shortest average water residence time. Lake Erie is 210 feet deep at its deepest point. Let us learn more about Lake Erie.

21. Does Lake Erie attach to the ocean?

Lake Erie drains into Lake Ontario via the Niagara River. The entire system flows to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River. As it flows from its westernmost point in Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean, the waterway drops in elevation approximately 600 feet (182 m).

20. Can you see across Lake Erie?

Typically you cannot see across the lake. A viewer in Huron sent WKYC a photo of what appears to be a building across Lake Erie. But where is that building actually located? Earth is curved, meaning the lake drops below the horizon

19. Are catfish in Lake Erie?

Channel Catfish are the most popular species of catfish that reside in Lake Erie, and in our opinion, they are the most fun to catch! They spend most of their time in the big lake but come Spring, they make their way into the creeks, which presents the perfect opportunity to catch them from the bank!

18. Are there salmon in Lake Erie?

Steelhead and Salmon. As described in the Stream Fishing page, Lake Erie holds Steelhead, salmon and brown trout. Steelhead are by far the most predominate. Coho salmon and brown trout are stocked but in far smaller numbers.

17. Are there piranhas in Lake Erie?

Piranhas or one or another alien “fish-tank” species turn up in the lake periodically. In more predictable angling news, the yellow perch catching on western Lake Erie continues to be excellent, according to area bait shops.

16. Can you dive to the bottom of Lake Erie?

Lake Erie, being the warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes holds many opportunities for all types of divers. It holds one of the highest concentrations of shipwrecks in the world, with nearly 3,000 sunken ships at its bottom.

15. Are there jellyfish in Lake Erie?

New research by Canadian scientists shows freshwater jellyfish are thriving along Lake Erie's shoreline, including in Fort Erie

14. What is the biggest animal in Lake Erie?

Lake sturgeon
Lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes can reach lengths of 10-plus feet and approach 300 pounds. The largest fish taken from Lake Erie was caught by in 1929 and weighed 216 pounds. Young sturgeon like the ones just released are protected from predators by sharp, bony plates called scutes.

13. Are there alligators in Lake Erie?

Alligators are rarely found in the Great Lakes.
Although some alligators thrive in freshwater, it's just too cold in the north for them to survive. They don't typically live farther north than North Carolina.

12. How many real islands are on Lake Erie?

Lake Erie has 36 islands, sort of. Here's the list.

11. Who owns Lake Erie?

State of Ohio. I was on hand representing NWF and the Ohio Environmental Council, joining with the Ohio Attorney General in explaining that the state owns Lake Erie in permanent trust for the public.

10. Is Lake Erie still dead?

Although small in volume, Lake Erie is a thriving, productive environment. It has survived challenges brought about by pollution, over-fishing, eutrophication, invasive species and harmful algal blooms.

9. Is Lake Erie water clean?

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada set phosphorus limits for Lake Erie at 0.1 mg/liter and mercury limits at . 01 mg/liter. ... Because of the phosphorus reductions, our Lake became much more clear and clean.

8. Is it safe to eat fish from Lake Erie?

The answer is yes! It is safe to eat Lake Erie walleye 52 meals a year, or an average of once a week. All fish from Lake Erie are safe to eat some of the time, but walleye are among the safest, covered only by the general “one meal a week” advisory that covers most game fish in Ohio.

7. Can you drink Lake Erie water?

About one-third of the total population of the Great Lakes basin is in the Lake Erie watershed. Approximately twelve million people live in the watershed, including seventeen metropolitan areas with more than 50,000 residents. The lake provides drinking water for about eleven million of these inhabitants.

6. How many ships have sunk on Lake Erie?

Because of incomplete record keeping, nobody knows the exact number of shipwrecks that have occurred in Lake Erie, but estimates range from 500 to 2000. According to an Ohio Sea Grant project that documents many of the lake's shipwrecks, 277 wrecks have been discovered so far.

5. Why is Lake Erie so blue?

Cyanobacteria blooms (blue-green algae) are a frequent occurrence in the Great Lakes, particularly in Lake Erie, Green Bay, and Saginaw Bay. ... Some cyanobacteria blooms can grow rapidly and produce toxins that cause harm to animal life and humans, so scientists describe them as harmful algal blooms (HABs).

4. Are there sharks in Lake Erie?

There are no sharks in Lake Erie," pronounces Officer James Mylett of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

3. Is Lake Erie safe to swim in?

Generally speaking, Lake Erie beaches are safe to swim in. However, at times algal blooms or toxins may be at unsafe levels. ... Some Lake Erie beaches have lifeguards on duty, others do not. It's best not to swim alone and always stay within designated swimming areas.

2. Why does Lake Erie smell so bad?

Eastlake city officials later spoke with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and learned the smell is caused by sediment churning at the bottom of Lake Erie, Mayor Dennis Morley said in another Facebook post.

1. Why is Lake Erie famous?

Lake Erie is popular with sports fishermen and it boasts an extensive walleye fishery. Charter fishing boats also take tourists out to catch small mouth bass. Ice fishing is also popular on Lake Erie. Lake Erie also has its own legendary lake monster — Bessie — which is mostly likely a huge sturgeon.

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