The New Student's Reference Work/Lakes, The Great
Lakes, The Great. By this term is usually meant the chain of lakes lying along the boundary of Canada and the United States. They are Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario. All except Michigan are partly in the United States and partly in Canada, the boundary line between the two countries following the mean middle of the chain. Lake Michigan is entirely within the United States, being bounded east and north by Michigan and west by Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The shore-line extends within the United States about 3,000 miles. The Great Lakes, taken together, form the largest chain of fresh-water lakes in the world, Lake Superior being in itself the largest body of fresh water. The commerce is immense, and is every year growing larger.