INDEX 

LAKE ERIE LIGHTHOUSES

Buffalo Main
Dunkirk
Barcelona

Presque Isle

Fairport Harbor
West Pierhead
Marblehead
Lorain
Toledo


A CRUISING GUIDE

LAKE ERIE

(9,906 sq. mi.)

  Lake Erie, 572.4 ft. in elevation, is only 210 ft. at its maximum depth and is the only one of the five great Lakes whose bottom does not extend below sea level.  The mean surface of Lake Erie is 4 ft. below Lake Huron and 326.5 ft. above Lake Ontario into which it discharges 207, 000 cubic feet of water per second through the Niagara River.  The Niagara River drops 326 ft. in its 27-mile northward flow from the eastern end of Lake Erie to the southern shore of Lake Ontario, 40 miles from its western end.  The major descent occurs in the upper rapids which descend 50 ft. and the Niagara Falls of 167 ft., and the lower rapids 98 ft. below the lower rapids the Niagara River drops less than a foot in the remaining seven miles to Lake Ontario.

●  Lake Erie is the first of the five Lakes where Lighthouse's in the U.S. were built.  The first was built at Presque Isle, PA, in 1819.  The second was built at Sandusky, OH, in 1821.