|The Great Lakes of course, it the largest body of fresh surface water on earth. From the moon, Astronauts can
see the lakes and recognize each one.
I remember (believe it or not) in 5th grade, our teacher taught us to remember the names of the Great Lakes by
remembering the word "homes". The "homes" (or Great Lakes) cover more than 94,000 square miles and drain
twice as much land. These freshwater seas, if drained, would flood the lower 48 states and cover them with almost 10
feet of water.
The channels that connect the Great Lakes are an important part of the system. The St. Marys River is the
northernmost channel, a 60-mile waterway flowing from Lake Superior down to Lake Huron. At the St. Marys rapids,
the Soo Locks bypass the rough waters, providing safe transport for boaters.
The St. Clair and Detroit rivers, and Lake St. Clair between them, form an 89-mile long channel connecting
Lake Huron with Lake Erie. The 35-mile Niagara River links lakes Erie and Ontario, and sends approximately 100,000
cubic feet of water per second over Niagara Falls.
On each of the Great Lakes, you can boat far enough out from shore, that you will not be able to see any land in
any direction. WOW! But of course, if you are one that prefers to stick a little closer to shore, you can do that to.
One could probably spend a life time cruising around all the Great Lakes and never see all the wonderful sites or
experience all the incredible adventures this land of lakes has to offer.
If you are cruising the Erie Canal, then Lake Erie will be the first of the Great Lakes you will cross. The average depth of Lake Erie is only 62 feet,
but the western basin area averages only 24 feet. It warms quickly in summer, and freezes over quickly in winter. Lake Erie is 241 miles long. If you
take the US side trip around, your likely stops will be Dunkirk, Erie, Conneaut, Cleveland, Sandusky and Toledo. I enjoy Sandusky Bay and stop at
Famous Dave's restaurant every time I pass by.
After your cruise from Lake Erie through Lake St. Clair, you will enter Lake Huron. Lake Huron is 206 miles long with an
average depth of 195 feet. On the north and eastern shores of Lake Huron, the granite islands (which are typical through out Georgian Bay)
surround the Canada's North Channel. Lake Huron will take you to the Straits of Mackinac. The island of which is one of our favorite stop overs.
From Lake Huron, and the Straits of Mackinac, you will enter Lake Michigan. Traveling south from Milwaukee to Chicago, the western shore is lined
with big city landscapes. This area, combined with the southern shores of Indiana is home to over 10 million people, and a whooping 120,000
Cruising the Great Lakes is fun and easy. If you go direct you should be able to make it in about 18 days or less, but don't count on it, as there
are lots to see and do on these Lakes. There are just too many interesting places to stop, see, visit and linger for a while. We almost always stay on
the US side, and follow our way-points on the GPS, from one point to the next. Finding safe over-night anchorages or Marinas along the way is not
difficult at all. It is however difficult to decide where you want to stay.
Many of the waterfront areas offer some very tempting sites to visit.
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