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Lake Information for Lake Erie


Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes, and the tenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore also has the shortest average water residence time. It is bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario, on the south by the U.S. states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, and on the west by the state of Michigan. The lake is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore.

Because it is the shallowest, it is also the warmest of the Great Lakes.

Lake Erie is primarily fed by the Detroit River (from Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair) and drains via the Niagara River and Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario. Navigation downstream is provided by the Welland Canal, part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Other major contributors to Lake Erie include the Grand River, the Huron River, the Maumee River, the Sandusky River and the Cuyahoga River.

The drainage basin covers 30,140 square miles (78,000 sq. km).

Fishing Description: 

Lake Erie is Pennsylvania's most unique waterway, not only because of its size, but because of the abundance of gamefish. An average of 1.5 million fish are caught by anglers each year in the lake, Presque Isle Bay, and tributaries.

To many anglers Erie fishing means steelhead, and for good reason, as the lake and its tributaries provide a world-class steelhead fishery. Lake Erie also has an abundance of world-class walleye, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch, crappie, and bluegill.

Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Poor Richard's Bait & Tackle
  • 6821 W Lake Rd - Fairview, PA
  • (814) 474-5623
    Bac Bait & Tackle
  • 7490 W Lake Rd - Fairview, PA
  • (814) 474-3992
    Kightlinger Bait & Tackle
  • 889 Broad St - Conneaut, OH
  • (440) 599-1883

Boat Rental

    Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Lvry
  • Presque Isle State Park - , PA
  • (814) 838-3938

Vacation Rental

    Lake Erie Lodge
  • 1015 Peninsula Dr - Erie, PA
  • (814) 833-9855

Bar and Restaurant

    Bar & Restaurant Service
  • 240 W 11th St - Erie, PA
  • (814) 453-2062

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