Name

The Lake Huron was named by French people and the meaning of Huron comes from people of Huron Native American Indian Tribe who once lived in the woodlands of North-eastern America. The word Huron can defined as “boar’s head” which originally came from the French word “hure”. The name also has a meaning of “rough” or “boorish”. It is also argued that the French called it “La Mer Douce”, which is the sweet sea.

Facts

The Lake Huron, or Lake Huron-Michigan, is the second largest lake of the North America. Situated between Ontario of Canada and Michigan of America, Lake Huron covers a total area of 23,010 square miles, i.e. 59,596 km2. Discovered by the French colonials in 17th century, it was thought that it was two lakes; Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Yet, having the same altitude of 200 meters and connected by a strait not a river, the Lake Huron hydrologically accepted as one lake composed of two big lobes.

The lake has an incredible number of 30,000 islands with miscellaneous dimensions and the island of Manitoulin is the largest island of the world in freshwaters.

The lake has an average depth of meter and 228 meter at the maximum depth. The water basin of Huron is 134,100 km2 shared by Michigan and Ontario with 41,700 km2 and 91,100 km2 respectively. The total volume of the water of the lake is 3,540 cubic km and this is one of the biggest freshwater supply of the world.

Activities

The lake frequently freezes during certain times in winter due to the very low temperatures and cold winds.  The basin of the lake being immensely forested, with a low density of population, is a presents beautiful scenes to especially photographers.The lake is heavily used for transportation, shipping of wood and mines and fishing. With a great number of holiday destination around, it is suitably for water sports.

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