What's New Despite Soo shutdown, new lock a long shot Detroit Free Press (8/30) Itís seldom that one of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie has to be taken out of commission in the middle of a shipping season ó and rarer still that it has to be drained for repairs. But when an interruption at the Soo Locks lasts 20 days as it did this summer, it causes deep concern.
Lake Huron is the third largest of the lakes by volume, with 850 cubic miles of water. Lake Huron is hydrologically inseparable from Lake Michigan, joined by the wide Straits of Mackinac. The Huron lakeshore extends 3,827 miles, and is characterized by shallow, sandy beaches and the rocky shores of Georgian Bay. The lake measures 206 miles across and 183 miles north to south, with an average depth of 195 feet (approximately 750 feet, maximum). Lake Huron's drainage area, which covers parts of Michigan and Ontario, is relatively large compared to the other Great Lakes. It's more than twice the size of Huron's approximately 23,000 square miles of surface water. The Saginaw River basin is intensively farmed and contains the Flint and Saginaw-Bay City metropolitan areas.
References: Great Lakes Atlas, Environment Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1995
General Resources Bathymetry Map Ohio State University and NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) The Great Lakes Forecasting System provides physical data about the lake, including this bathymetry map.
Fish of Lake Huron University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Color illustrations or photographs, size, coloring and other information about many Lake Huron fish species.
Historic Data - Lake Huron U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District The Army Corps provides current and historic data on the Great Lakes, including yearly water levels from 1918, monthly storm probability, outflows and precipitation.
Lake Huron Initiative Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Includes the Lake Huron Initiative lakewide planning documents and links to related efforts and groups.
Lake Huron Update (pdf) Michigan DEQ, Office of the Great Lakes This publication provides a summary of priority issues that the Lake Huron basin is facing, including habitat degradation, critical pollutants and harmful exotic species. It also lists management actions suggested by the Lake Huron Initiative Action Plan.
Surface Water Temperature University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Check out the Sea Grant Coastwatch, which provides real-time surface water temperatures for Lake Huron and its ports.
Programs and Projects BaySail BaySail supports its Environmental Education and Youth Development programs through public sails, private charters and group tours around Lake Huron.
Visualization of Drifting Buoy Deployments on St. Clair River USGS Surface-water quality and flow Modeling Interest Group In October 2000, drifting buoys were deployed to help investigate flow characteristics near public water intakes in 10 reaches of the St. Clair River, a connecting channel of the Great Lakes between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.
Research Fisheries Research in Lake Huron U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center Including development of a fish community model for Lake Huron, and effects of zebra mussel invasion on yellow perch.
Tourism The Great Lakes Circle Tour Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.
BaySail BaySail supports its Environmental Education and Youth Development programs through public sails, private charters and group tours around Lake Huron.
Lighthouses of Lake Huron Seeing The Light Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features extensive photography, research and observations of the lights.