Alluring Lakes: Lake Superior

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Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, and the fifth largest freshwater lake by area. It is also the 9th deepest lake in the world and has the second-highest surface elevation of any freshwater lake in the world.

Superior is a true freshwater lake, meaning it is not connected to the ocean. It can be reached via several different waterways, including the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake of the Woods, Duluth Seaway, and Keweenaw Waterway. The lake is roughly long and wide and has a total surface area of approximately 31,700 square miles (82,103 km2). The lake's average depth is 80.5 fathoms (483 ft; 147 m), with the deepest point being found at 11 feet.

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The lake is also one of the most heavily populated areas in the world, with 23 major cities and towns situated along its banks, including Duluth and Superior. The lake is one of the most popular vacation and retirement spots in the world, with over 500,000 people visiting each year. It has numerous islands and islets in addition to the main body of water, which are known as "peninsula". The largest of these is the Karagawa Peninsula, which is also the most populous at about 17,000 people.