Lake Saint Clair: A Little Lake Amongst the Greats – April 29th, 2009
Lake St. Clair is a lake that lies between Ontario, Canada, and Michigan in the United States, located about 6 miles (9.7 km). The southwestern portion of the lake shore is lined by the wealthy eastern suburbs of Detroit, USA and Windsor, Canada.
Approximately 430 square miles (1,100 km2) in area, the lake is part of the Great Lakes system; however, because of its relatively small size, it is very rarely included in enumerations of the Great Lakes.
Along with the St. Clair River and Detroit River, Lake St. Clair connects Lake Huron (to the north) and Lake Erie (to the south). Here, green and tan sediments are present in both lakes, creating the colored paisley patterns visible on their surface.
The lake is 26 miles (42 km) from north to south and 24 miles (39 km) from east to west. It is a very shallow lake with an average depth of about 11 feet (3.4 m), and a maximum natural depth of 21.3 feet (6.5 m), although it is 27 feet (8.2 m) deep in the navigation channel which has been dredged for freighter passage.
The lake is fed from Lake Huron at its north by the St. Clair River, which has an extensive delta, the largest within the Great Lakes system. The Thames River and Sydenham River enter the lake from the east in Southwestern Ontario, and the Clinton River enters from Michigan on the west. The lake is drained on its southwest end into Lake Erie by the Detroit River.