Rainy Lake

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Rainy Lake
Rainy Lake -
Location Minnesota, USA / Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 48°38′13″N 93°01′53″W / 48.63694°N 93.03139°W / 48.63694; -93.03139Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 93°01′53″W / 48.63694°N 93.03139°W / 48.63694; -93.03139
Lake type remnant of former glacial Lake Agassiz
Primary  inflows Namakan Lake
Kabetogama Lake
Seine River
Primary  outflows Rainy River
Basin  countries Canada, United States
Max. length 80 km (50 mi)
Max. width 48 km (30 mi)
Surface area 932 km2 (360 sq mi)
Max. depth 50 m (160 ft)
highly variable
Shore  length1 1,500 km (930 mi)
2,520 km (1,570 mi) (w/ Islands)
highly irregular, rocky shoreline
Surface  elevation 338 m (1,109 ft)
Islands ~2,568[1]
Settlements International Falls, MN
Fort Frances, Ontario
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Rainy Lake (French: Lac de la pluie) is a lake on the border of the United States and Canada. The lake is about 49 miles (79 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide, covering about 345 square miles (894 square kilometers). The Rainy River flows from the west side of the lake, and is a source of hydroelectric power for the city of International Falls. Other than electric power generation, Rainy Lake's waters are also a popular boating and fishing spot.

References[change | change source]

  1. Rahm, Joe. Island Images: Rainy Lake’s missing islands. The Journal. 14 Feb. 2010.