Lake Superior Has 10% Of The World’s Freshwater And 6000 Shipwrecks

Samuel Reason - April 22nd, 2020

To most Americans and Canadians, Lake Superior is famously cold and known to be a massive lake, however, many do not know to what extent this lake is huge. Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world’s total surface freshwater. It also offers many adventurers for anyone brave enough to look, being home to over 6,000 shipwrecks. Some refer to it as America’s biggest overlooked playground.

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Of course one of the problems is Lake Superior is located in an area that is notorious for bears. Wherever you walk around you will see signs saying to use caution, if you are camping then all food needs to be locked down airtight or you will find yourself in danger. Lake Superior is unlike any other lake, it has an average yearly water temperature of 40 degrees, infamous currents, and 25-foot waves that have sunk countless ships. Only in the summertime does the lake seem relaxed, and even then it is dangerous and never stress-free.

On the Canadian side, things are even more remote, with Pukaskwa National Park, a favorite for kayakers who know they can follow the rugged coastline and will need a good 10 days before getting back to civilization. A toughness that you find in the local inhabitants that have lived on the coastlines for generations: from the Ojibwe to the Nordic immigrant fishermen. There are some places that only the local indigenous Anishinabek people have seen.

Even though the lake is becoming increasingly seen as a place for recreational activities as its waters are pristine and its a less populated area, some of the local legends scare off the tourists. One of them is that Lake Superior never gives up its dead. And while it is a folklore tale, there is some truth in it, the lake is so cold that if you did die in its waters then it’s more than likely your body would simply freeze and sink.

Lake Superior is also seen as a great spot for diving in shipwrecks. The ice storms with over 80 miles per hour winds have made it a place where many boats have met their doom. Such as the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot freighter that went down in 1975 with over 29,000 tons of taconite pellets. It is found in a place known as the Graveyard of the Great Lakes, an area of 80 miles that due to heavy shipping traffic and poor visibility, along with extremely powerful storms has become a notorious spot of shipwrecks.

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