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Did Lake Champlain become a Great Lakes in March of 1998?
from Taylor in Seaside, California

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont proposed new legislation declaring Lake Champlain a Great Lake in 1998. The intent behind this proposal was to allow Vermont colleges to compete for the more than $50 million in research money under the National Sea Grant Program, which is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

However, the "Great Lakes" designation for Lake Champlain was not passed and there remains only 5 Great Lakes: Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Lake Champlain is not hydrologically part of the Great Lakes system, and in fact is much smaller area-wise than a number of other lakes in the region, such as Lake St. Clair (between lakes Huron and Erie) and Lake of the Woods (on the northern Minnesota border).

Thank you for your question!

Answered on December 18, 2000

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