Lake Erie Facts


Lake Erie borders Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and the Canadian province of Ontario. Its shallow, warm waters make it the most productive of the Great Lakes.

Lake Erie Basin Statistics
  • Length: 241 mi (388 km)
  • Breadth: 57 mi (92 km)
  • Elevation: 569.2 ft (173.5 m)
  • Depth: 62 ft (19 m) average; 210 ft (64 m) maximum
  • Volume: 116 cubic mi (483 cubic km)
  • Water surface area: 9,910 square mi (25,655 square km)
  • Drainage basin area: 22,700 square mi (58,788 square km)
  • Shoreline length: 871 mi (1,402 km), including islands
  • Outlet: Niagara River and Welland Canal
  • Retention or replacement time: 2.7 years
  • U.S. population: 10.6 million
  • Canada population: 1.9 million
Lake Erie Basin

Lake Erie Basin

Source:Michigan Sea Grant.