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What's New
Students learn about Lake Superior at MTUís Water Festival
ABC 10 - Ishpeming, MI (10/23)
Over 1,000 students from across the Copper Country made their way to the Great Lakes Research Center on the Michigan Tech campus for the third annual Water Festival. The event is designed to offer students engaging Lake Superior-based content.

More bad news for Isle Royale wolves
The Times Herald (10/23)
Another season at Isle Royale National Park will end in two weeks. As the last boat pulls away to cross Lake Superior, it will leave behind an endangered population of wolves which, for only the second time in more than four decades, has apparently failed to reproduce.

Students build underwater robots to keep an eye on the Great Lakes
Second Wave (10/22)
Students are learning new ways to protect the Great Lakes and its watersheds through the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

Superior author chronicles lake tragedy
Duluth News Tribune (10/19)
"Luck of the Draw ó The Mataafa Story" chronicles the shi's November 1905 shipwreck just offshore from Duluth with the loss of nine lives.

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrates four years of research
Northland's News Center (10/15)
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated four years of research Wednesday evening. Officials showcased their new research lab and public education utilities in the open house at Barkers Island in Superior, Wis.

Visits to the Apostle Islandsí ice caves may cost you
WCCO-TV - Minneapolis, MN (10/15)
The ice caves in Lake Superiorís Apostle Islands were a huge tourist hit last winter. To help pay for extra staffing and facilities, the park is proposing a $5 fee for visitors 12 and older.

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Overview
Not only is Lake Superior the largest of the Great Lakes, it also has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world. It contains almost 3,000 cubic miles of water, an amount that could fill all the other Great Lakes plus three additional Lake Eries. With an average depth approaching 500 feet, Superior also is the coldest and deepest (1,332 feet) of the Great Lakes. The lake stretches approximately 350 miles from west to east, and 160 miles north to south, with a shoreline almost 2,800 miles long. The drainage basin, totaling 49,300 square miles, encompasses parts of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario. Most of the Superior basin is sparsely populated, and heavily forested, with little agriculture because of a cool climate and poor soils.

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 Superior
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Color illustrations or photographs, size, coloring and other information about many Lake Superior 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.

Historical Data - Lake Superior
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.

Let's Go Sailing: Lake Superior
Canada's Aquatic Environments
Physical attributes, watershed facts and more. See also: Lakes Library.

North Shore Weather Wisdom
Minnesota Sea Grant
Outlines the seasonal weather patterns triggered by the lake's influence.

Superior Pursuit: Facts About the Greatest Lake
Minnesota Sea Grant
Focuses on the lake's size, creation, weather, water quality, shipping, tourism and fishery.

Surface Water Temperature
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Check out the Sea Grant Coastwatch, which provides real-time surface water temperatures for Lake Superior and its ports.

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Programs
Inland Sea Society
Works toward maintaining a Lake Superior Basin with a naturally diverse and heathly ecosystem.

Keweenaw Interdisciplinary Transport Experiment in Superior (KITES)
KITES is a five-year study, which began in 1997, of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Lake Superior - Duluth Streams
U.S. EPA/NOAA
This project's primary goal is to enhance public understanding of aquatic ecosystems, the influence of land uses in the watershed and these systems, and the importance of these systems to both economic and environmental sustainability.

Lake Superior Binational Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
The Lake Superior Binational Program focuses on the entire ecosystem of Lake Superior and presents its progress in a series of reports titled the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan.

Lake Superior Binational Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
This program has focused on the entire ecosystem of Lake Superior, its air, land, water and human and wildlife. Provides links to the most updated information on the Lakes Superior LaMP.

Lake Superior Initiative
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Research program on various topics, including factors affecting the sustainability of Lake Superiorís recreational and commercial fisheries, and the flow of mercury and other trace metals from tributaries into the lake.

Minnesota Shoreline Management Resource Guide
This guide provides easy access to information about sustainable shoreland practices to improve management of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

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Research
Fisheries Research in Lake Superior
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Including population and community dynamics of Lake Superior fishes, and status of the shortjaw cisco.

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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.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
LSMMA seeks to acquire, preserve and exhibit marine artifacts and to present programs pertaining to Lake Superior and to disseminate such information to the general public through museum attendance, newsletters and meetings.

Lighthouses of Lake Superior
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.

Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota's beach monitoring program collects samples from 37 Lake Superior beaches and analyzes them for water-borne diseases and human health risks. During beach season, this site offers daily and historical beach status information, including weather, photos and maps.

Minnesota's Superior Scenic Byways
Use this site to explore four beautiful Minnesota Superior Scenic Byways on the western shores of Lake Superior. Each byway is illustrated in an easy-to-follow interactive map that offers recreational opportunities, cultural or historic sites, information centers and various attractions.

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

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