Largest lake [Freshwater by surface area]
Last updated: October 15, 2017 at 15:13 pm
Lake Superior (Canada, USA) is the largest of the North American Great Lakes with a total surface area of 82,414 sq km (31,820 sq mi.). The St. Lawrence Seaway allows oceangoing vessels to climb a series of locks connecting Lake Superior to the North Atlantic, traveling a distance of 3,770 km (2,340 mi.) to the port of Duluth, Minnesota. The lake is usually closed to shipping from mid-January to late March because of ice. Lake Superior is popular with scuba divers who travel from all over the continent to explore its many shipwrecks. In particular, Whitefish Point is known as the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald holds the record for the deepest dive in the Great Lakes.
Superior Pursuit: Facts About the Greatest Great Lake – Minnesota Sea Grant. University of Minnesota.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.