Lake Superior – aka Gichigami (Ojibwe) or Gitche Gumee (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) – is the greatest of the Great Lakes and the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area) – 31,700 square miles. It’s also the coldest and the deepest. It contains 10 percent of the world’s fresh water. It contains more water than all of the other Great Lakes combined.
The lake is about 350 miles in length and 160 miles in width. Canada’s Ontario is on the northern boundary; in the U.S., it borders the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Lake Superior Magazine says that if each person in the world – some 7 billion people – were to drink half a gallon of Lake Superior’s water each day, it would take 2,348 years to empty the lake.
The third Sunday in July is Lake Superior Day. It began in the early 1990s by Thunder Bay, Ontario, with residents who wanted to celebrate the huge body of water. Many other communities around the lake now join in the celebration.
The Great Circle Tour – on foot, by car, camper, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, even snowmobile – is 1,300 miles. It’s pretty popular, with folks joining the Circle Tour Club sponsored by Lake Superior Magazine, headquartered in Duluth, Minn. The magazine, focusing on all things about the Big Lake, publishes every two months. Extremely popular are its calendars with outstanding photos of the Lake Superior region.
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