Depth Facts You Never About Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario depth is a surprising feature as it contains four times more water than its sister Lake Erie which is similar in area. Depth wise it is holds fourth position among the Great Lakes with a recorded maximum depth of 802 feet/244 metres.
What is average depth of Lake Ontario?
The average depth is only 283 feet/86 metres. Out of the five Great Lakes, Lake Superior is the deepest with an average depth of 500 feet – holding inside it 3000 cubic miles of water!
Where is the deepest part of Lake Ontario located?
Lake Ontario burrows the deepest at Lawrence River near Kingston, Ontario at about 82 feet (244 m) where the mean surface elevation is 243 feet above the sea level.
How big is lake Ontario?
Lake Ontario with all its glory spreads gracefully at the US-Canadian Border over an area of 18,960 sq. kms. The waters are confined on the north, west and southwest side by Ontario, Canadian province named after the lake. Whereas on the east and southern side, New York surrounds it.
What’s at the bottom of Lake Ontario?
While most fish are found in the upper waters, mussels have held the territory at the bottom of Lake Ontario. But it was recently discovered that they had company all these years with a prototype of Avo Arrow lying at the bottom after they were destroyed in 1950s. US air Force C-45 aircraft’s debris also lie in here at Oswego, NY
Can you go swimming in Lake Ontario?
Wondering if you could swim in the beautiful chilly waters of Lake Ontario, well the good news is you can. You can enjoy several breath-taking beaches at Lake Ontario including official beaches. Before you go swimming check the New York State Water Quality website that provides info on the water sample results of public beaches. Unregulated beaches are not tested by the New York state or county health departments.
You can swim as much as you like in Lake Ontario but, when it comes to quenching your thirst from the polluted lake directly, it is a big no no! The Lake Ontario water that reaches your taps undergoes extensive treatment to make sure it is safe for you.
From wrecks to islands, this lake will surprise you at every step with its wonders. Here are a few fun facts about the lake, surprise yourself:
- In terms of area, it is the 14th largest lake in the world.
- Lake Ontario houses plenty of islands in it including Thousand Island Region – an archipelago of 1864 islands!
- You will find Baymouth bars, lagoons here as well.
- You get to witness seiche effect at Lake Ontario
- Lake Ontario last froze completely in 1934
- A Canadian warship called His Majesty’s Ship Speedy sank in Lake Ontario in 1804, the wrecks of which were found in 1990.
- Titan, a lake found on the moon of planet Saturn has been named Ontario Lacus after Lake Ontario.
What Animals Live In Lake Ontario?
Lake Ontario is a world in itself below those serene waters. It is a home to many fish species including variety of trout including steelhead and rainbow, Salmon (Coho salmon and Chinook salmon), Walleye, lake whitefish and American Eel to name a few.
Are there crocodiles in Lake Ontario?
Birds like loons, ducks, geese, grebes and swans inhabit Lake Ontario all year around. As fortunate and abundant Canada is in wildlife, it has got no crocodiles at all. Likewise, you will not find any crocodiles in Lake Ontario.
Are there dangerous fish in Lake Ontario like sharks or whales?
Usually there are no dangerous fish in Lake Ontario. However few years ago a suspected Northern Snakehead fish was caught in Ontario waters. Moreover, you can’t sight a whale or shark in here as well. Being the inhabitants of oceans, whales cannot thrive in freshwater bodies for long. Lake Ontario waters are very chilly and it has been a norm to chill beer bottles in there. Sharks cannot survive in cold temperature. So, the good news is along with whales, if you see a shark in Lake Ontario, you may be dreaming!
Can a tsunami happen in Lake Ontario?
The one thing that is dangerous about Lake Ontario is tsunamis! Unfortunately, Lake Ontario is prone to Tsunamis but not the ones triggered by earthquakes. Instead, meteorological events could lead to one, hence called as meteo-tsunamis.