Lake Erie

Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of 62 feet. It is 241 miles long and 57 miles wide.

Ways to Connect

Tom Kowalczk/CLUE

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action on Ohio’s 2016 list of impaired waters within 30 days.

In his 25-page order, Judge James Carr criticizes both the Ohio EPA and its federal counterpart for refusing to comply with several parts of the Clean Water Act. 

What's it like to dive for a shipwreck in Lake Erie?

David VanZandt knows.  He's the director and chief archeologist for Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), a group that's discovers shipwrecks in Lake Erie. 

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

A Cleveland company trying to build a set of wind turbines on Lake Erie has been waiting since July for the state to certify its project. This month, the group filed another set of reports in the hopes of moving the process forward.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters, due to the harmful algae blooms that plague the region every year.  The agency’s move comes after years of calls from environmentalists and a federal lawsuit. 


Pages