Six Fun Facts About Lake Superior

Lake Superior is a fascinating lake, really all of the Great Lakes are. But I live in Minnesota so here are six fun facts about the largest of the Great Lakes.


* All photos were taken here at Striped Moon Studios


Lake Superior holds 3 quadrillion gallons of water, 3,000,000,000,000,000. That’s 10% of the entire worlds surface freshwater.


People have been in this area as early as 8,000 B.C. but pre-colonial history around Lake Superior is scarce and currently limited.


Lake Superior is the largest lake by surface area, covering 31,700 square miles. From east to west, sunsets can be up to 35 minutes apart in the summer.


The deepest point of Lake Superior is 1,333ft deep - that’s enough to completely submerge the Empire State Building.


There have been an estimated 350 shipwrecks on Lake Superior, half of which are still missing. The most famous shipwreck is the SS Edmund Fitzgerald which sank on November 10th 1975.


Isle Royale is the lakes largest island at 206 sq miles. It is the fourth largest freshwater island in the world and is large enough to have its own lakes meaning it is a lake on a lake.


So what do you think about these fun facts of Lake Superior? Do you have any of your own that you would like share?