Lake Erie Facts
- Lake Name: Lake Erie
- Average Depth: 62 feet
- Maximum Depth: 210 feet
- Elevation: 571 feet
- Surface Area: 9,910 mi2
- Water Volume: 116 mi3
21 Lake Erie Facts for Kids
- Lake Erie is one of the five Great Lakes of North America.
- Lake Erie is one of the largest freshwater bodies of water in the world.
- The shoreline of Lake Erie borders the U.S. states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan (Upper Peninsula) and the Canadian province of Ontario.
- The most populated city along Lake Erie is Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
- Lake Erie contains about 116 cubic miles of water.
- Lake Erie contains the least amount of water out of the five Great Lakes.
- Lake Erie is the eighteenth largest lake in the world by water volume.
- The surface of Lake Erie covers 9,910 square miles.
- Lake Erie has the second least amount of surface area of the five Great Lakes.
- Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in the world by surface area.
- The average depth of Lake Erie is 62 feet and the deepest part is 210 feet.
- Lake Erie is the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.
- Lake Erie is at an average elevation of 571 feet above sea level.
- Lake Erie has a total of 31 islands, 18 in the United States and 13 in Canada.
- The largest island in Lake Erie is Pelee Island in Ontario, Canada.
- Lake Erie has the largest population of fish out of all the Great Lakes.
- Some estimates claim 50% of all the fish living in the Great Lakes are found in Lake Erie.
- Some of the common fish species found in Lake Erie are walleye, smallmouth bass and trout.
- The primary water inlet for Lake Erie is the Detroit River.
- The primary water outlet for Lake Erie is the Niagara River.
- The evaporation rate of Lake Erie is estimated to be 34 inches per year.
Pictures of Lake Erie
A picture of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline.
A picture of Lake Erie and a marina with boats.
A picture of a working lighthouse on Lake Erie.
Additional Resources on Lake Erie
- About Lake Erie (Great Lake) – Discover more facts and information about Lake Erie on the U.S. EPA website.
- Facts About Lake Erie – Learn more stats and facts about Lake Erie on the LiveScience website.
- Lake Erie Food Web – An excellent guiide on the NOAA website talking about Lake Erie’s food chain.
- Lake Erie – Wikipedia – Explore the Wikipedia website to learn more about Lake Erie.