About the Lakes

Lake Huron

Lake Huron is the third largest of the lakes by volume, with 850 cubic miles of water. The Huron lakeshore extends 3,827 miles, and is characterized by shallow, sandy beaches and the rocky shores of Georgian Bay. The lake measures 206 miles across and 183 miles north to south, with an average depth of 195 feet (approximately 750 feet, maximum).

Lake Huron’s drainage area, which covers parts of Michigan and Ontario, is relatively large compared to the other Great Lakes. It’s more than twice the size of Huron’s approximately 23,000 square miles of surface water. The Saginaw River basin is intensively farmed and contains the Flint and Saginaw-Bay City metropolitan areas.

Lake Huron is hydrologically inseparable from Lake Michigan, joined by the wide Straits of Mackinac.

Flowerpot Island in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay

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