Lake of the Woods - Kenora, ON
N 49° 45.618 W 094° 31.828
15U E 389773 N 5513104
Quick Description: Situated on the borders of Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota, the lake lies within a transition zone where three distinct natural environments meet, northern, southern and prairie.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 4/2/2012 11:44:41 AM
Waymark Code: WME4H6
Lake of the Woods (French: lac des Bois) is a lake occupying parts of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the U.S. state of Minnesota. It separates a small land area of Minnesota from the rest of the United States. The Northwest Angle and the town of Angle Township can only be reached from the rest of Minnesota by crossing the lake or by traveling through Canada. The Northwest Angle is the northernmost part of the contiguous United States.
Lake of the Woods is fed by the Rainy River, Shoal Lake, Kakagi Lake and other smaller rivers. The lake drains into the Winnipeg River and then into Lake Winnipeg. Ultimately, its outflow goes north through the Nelson River to Hudson Bay.
Lake of the Woods is over seventy miles long and wide, and contains more than 14,552 islands and 65,000 miles (105,000 km) of shoreline. It would amount to the longest coastline of any Canadian lake, except that the lake is not entirely within Canada. Lake of the Woods is also the 6th largest freshwater lake located (at least partially) in the United States- after the five Great Lakes.
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.
Tourism is a large part of the local economy of Lake of the Woods, and there are many recreational opportunities available on the lake and in the surrounding countryside. Much of the lake is fairly remote, but resorts and equipment outfitters offer options for those who do not have access to their own boats and equipment.
The vast size and terrain of Lake of the Woods provides many fishing environments and opportunities. The lake is best known for its walleye population, but northern pike, perch, crappie, panfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, lake trout, lake sturgeon, and muskellunge can also be caught.
The coordinate location is at the Kenora - Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre located 931 Lakeview Dr. (Hwy 17) Kenora, Ontario. The Discovery Centre is a natural history interpretive centre as well as a visitor information centre. The building utilizes materials natural to the region in a timber post and laminated beam construction to create a high ceiling, open concept space overlooking a panoramic view of Lake of the Woods.
Lake Type: Glacial lake
Coordinates location: Kenora Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre
Max. Length: 68 mi (109 km)
Max. Width: 59 mi (95 km)
Max. Depth: 210 ft (64 m)
Surface area: 1,679 sq mi (4,348.6 km2)
Parking / trail head: N 49° 45.618 W 094° 31.828
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