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Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair, named after the first governor of the Northwest Territory - General Arthur St. Clair, is located between Great Lakes Erie and Huron. Another legend has it that explorer LaSalle named it in honor of Saint Clair due to it's beauty. Though not a Great Lake, Lake St. Clair plays a vital role in the St. Lawrence Seaway. It's area is approximately 460 square miles with an average depth of 10 feet and maximum depth of 21 feet. Being a relatively shallow lake with a sandy bottom, it offers many little bays and sandy beaches throughout the St. Clair Flats delta. Because of this it has one of the largest concentrations of pleasure boats in the world. 

On the North end is Anchor Bay which received it's name from the many schooners that anchored there in the mid 1800's. At that time the area had no aids to navigation at night. Travel into and through the St. Clair River at night was thus very dangerous. Schooners would seek nighttime shelter in the Anchor Bay area and continue their voyage in the morning.

Lake St Clair Aerial Map Fair Haven, MI Sand island Thames River Light Lake St. Clair Light South Channel Lights, MI Clinton River, MI Salt River, MI St. Clair River St. Clair Flats

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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