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

Elizabeth MIller

Part one in a series

In her family’s backyard overlooking Lake Erie, Melissa Zirkle watched as her son Jermaine joined some friends in the water. On that July day in 2013, she was building steps in the backyard.

“I kept looking and checking on him, and he was standing in the water and he was laughing, having fun with the other kids,” Zirkle says, recalling the scene along Ohio's shoreline. “Then about two minutes later, I heard cries for help.”

Gillibrand proposes invasive species legislation

Jul 18, 2016

The issue of invasive species threatening the region’s waterways is getting more attention. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, along with other state and local officials, gathered at Buffalo's Outer Harbor Monday to announce federal legislation aimed at preventing invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.

To mark New York's Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked Andrea Locke of Buffalo State to answer some questions on the issue. As Coordinator of the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management office, she has all the answers.

Artist paddles the Erie Canal from Buffalo to NYC

Jul 11, 2016

Marie Lorenz is a well-known nautical artist lead by her sense of adventure. Her newest quest started in Buffalo.

In a rowboat she made herself, she is paddling down the Erie Canal to her home in New York City a trip that's about 500 miles.


Algae Bloom forecast for the Great Lakes

Jul 8, 2016

There is some good news in store for the Great Lakes. A federal agency said Thursday morning that forecasts show the western side of Lake Erie will experience a less severe algae bloom this year.

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