10 Facts About Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods -- should it be the 6th Great Lake?

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1. Lake of the Woods is a beautiful body of water located in both Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota.

2. Lake of the Woods at its deepest point at Whitefish Bay is almost 310-ft.

3. This lake is 85 miles long and 56 miles wide at its widest point and has an area of 1,727 miles.

4. Lake of the Woods has a shoreline of 25,000 miles but if you count the shoreline of their many islands it is 65,000 miles of shoreline. That's more than Lake Superior! There are 14,522 islands in Lake of the Woods. It would be the longest coastline of any Canadian lake, except that the lake is not entirely within Canada.

5. This lake was first visited in 1688 by Jacques de Noyon and became an important fur-trading route between the Great Lakes and western Canada.

6. You could dream about a different island on Lake of the Woods every night for 39 years.

7. Kenora is its lakeside city.

8. Lake of the Woods is also the sixth-largest freshwater lake located (at least partially) in the United States, after the five Great Lakes.

9. The lake's islands provide nesting habitat for the piping plover and large numbers of American white pelicans. There are also several hundred nesting pairs of bald eagles in this area.

10. Most important of all, Lake of the Woods is home to walleye, northern pike, perch, sauger, crappie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, lake trout, lake sturgeon, whitefish, suckers, and muskellunge.

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(Photo credit: Ontario's Sunset Country)
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Explore one of the 14,522 islands located in Lake of the Woods for a day at the beach, family picnics, swimming and incredible fishing! (Photo credit: Ontario's Sunset Country)
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Have you ever houseboated? These "floating cabins" have everything you need to make your stay comfortable and memorable. (Photo credit: Ontario's Sunset Country)
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Sunset Country is known for its sunsets. Find them on Facebook for more photos like this one. (Photo credit: Ontario's Sunset Country)
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Book your next trip on Lake of the Woods and you could enjoy beautiful scenes like this. (Photo credit: Ontario's Sunset Country)

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About Carol Caputo

I am a staff writer for Algoma Country. My team markets the most beautiful area of Northern Ontario! We represent 28,000 square miles of pure outdoor paradise! Our offerings include urban, nature and outdoor tourism, fishing and hunting as well as fantastic motorcycle touring routes. And yes, I have the best job in the world! For more information on Algoma Country visit our website at www.algomacountry.com

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