Lake Huron

Lake Huron Towns Offer Outdoor Activites

Lake Huron
Lake Huron is the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world and was the first of the Great Lakes discovered by explorers from Europe. The average depth of Lake Huron is 195 ft. (59 meters) and its maximum depth is 750 ft. (229 meters).

The Lake is home of the largest island located in freshwater, Manitoulin, and the two largest bays in the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay and Saginaw Bay. Georgian Bay is also among the 20 largest lakes in the world.

There are shipwrecks scattered throughout Lake Huron. In order to protect the most historically significant wrecks, there are five preserves in Michigan and a national park in o­ntario.

The Huron County Museum highlights the Scottish colonial promoter John Galt and The Canada Company, late 19th and early 20th century farming, as well as the beginning of the region's salt industry. Large steam machines and smaller agricultural artifacts are also o­n display.

A unique octagonal building known as the Huron Historic Gaol (British jail) served as the county jail from 1841 until 1972. It had originally hosted the county courts and council chambers as well as serving as House of Refuge.

Peninsula National Park
Located o­n the banks of the Cheboygan River, Cheboygan offers cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails, fishing, boating, beaches, a buffalo ranch, indoor ice pavilion, craft shows, concerts in the park, a county museum, elk viewing, fall color tours and lighthouses. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw gives tours each summer and The Opera House presents a variety of performances all year.

Several towns around Lake Huron offer salmon fishing, trails, parks and other outdoor activities.

There are 31 lighthouses surrounding Lake Huron o­n U.S. territory and 11 in Canada.