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What's New
Taking a look at Lake Huron's high water level
The Sudbury Star (10/18)
Lake Huron was, and is now again, way above what is regarded as "chart datum" by the Canadian Coast Guard -- a big change from a couple of summer's ago when we all were complaining about the lake's low level.

Michigan's Great Lakes water levels may do something only achieved 4 times in last 154 years
MLive (10/9)
This time of year is normally the season when Great Lakes lake levels begin to fall. Typically evaporation is greater than precipitation and runoff from rivers and streams. So there is normally less water going into Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior. This year is different.

What's the status of the old oil pipeline under Lake Michigan? We need more information to know.
Michigan Radio (10/9)
Michigan Radio tries to find an answer to the question, "What's the status of the aged Enbridge oil pipeline running through Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac?"

EDITORIAL: Worth Township, Mich. finally doing right by our lake
The Times Herald (10/7)
Worth Township, Mich. is taking steps to do something about its sewage discharges into Lake Huron.

Worth Twp., Mich. moves on plan to keep sewage out of lake
The Times Herald (10/6)
Worth Township, Mich. is moving forward with a $23 million project to stop sewage from draining into Lake Huron.

Freighters sound a salute, Flower Lady sends her thanks
Detroit Free Press (10/5)
Arlene Earl who is 74 and lives on Harsens Island is known better as the "Flower Lady." For over 30 years she has been giving flowers to captains of freighters that sail our Great Lakes.

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Overview
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

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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.

Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
A map using NOAA satellite data to show recent water temperatures of the Great Lakes.

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.

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Programs and Projects
BaySail
BaySail supports its Environmental Education and Youth Development programs through public sails, private charters and group tours around Lake Huron.

Explore Our Natural World: A Biodiversity Atlas of the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wildlife Habitat Council
The Biodiversity Atlas is an interpretive guidebook to the natural communities of the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, and Detroit River watersheds. View the document online or read more about it on the Council's project page.

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
A non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and wise stewardship of Lake Huron's coastal ecosystems.

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.

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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.

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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.

People, Places and History: The 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay
The Georgian Bay Association
More than 200 miles long and 40-50 miles wide, Georgian Bay is home to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Lake Huron Facts and Figures
GLIN: Lake Huron Current Conditions

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