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Great Lakes Trivia Quiz

Since the Great Lakes comprise a significant part of the Great Loop, we thought a short quiz might capture some of their many highlights, compliments of You'll find the answers below.

1) What percent of the world's freshwater is contained within the five Great Lakes?

2) What is the largest freshwater lake in the world?

3) Which Great Lake's shore is home to the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world?

4) Which is the only Great Lake that lies entirely within US territory?

5) How many US states and Canadian provinces border the Great Lakes?

6) Which Great Lake is the deepest?

7) How many people rely on the Great Lakes for freshwater?

8) Which Great Lake has its own "Bermuda Triangle?"

9) Which Great Lake is home to a Loch Ness-like sea monster?

10) Which Great Lake did Adagio miss?

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Near Leland, Michigan

Sand Dune and Beach Art, Arcadia, Michigan


1) More than 20% of the world's freshwater is in the Great Lakes.

2) Spanning nearly 32,000 square miles, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world and also one of the largest lakes in the world, second only to the Caspian Sea. It contains more water than Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and four Lake Eries put together.

3) The tallest dune at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on Michigan's western coast stands about 450 feet above Lake Michigan.

4) Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake entirely within US territory.

5) Eight US states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec) border the five Great Lakes.

6) Lake Superior is 1330 feet deep at its deepest point, enough to submerge the Empire State Building up to its antenna.

7) 40 million.

8) Unexplained events such as ship disappearances and missing planes have been reported in Lake Michigan's "Michigan Triangle." Near Traverse City, Michigan, a strange, Stonehenge-like rock formation rests below the lake's surface. Some believe the two phenomena are related.

9) Lake Erie is allegedly home to Bessie, a "sea monster"-like creature that has been spotted on multiple occasions for decades. Cleveland, Ohio's baseball team, the Lake Erie Monsters, is named after this legend.

10) Since Adagio took the longer, northern Loop route through Canada's Trent-Severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, and the North Channel instead of the southern route from Buffalo to Detroit, we missed Lake Erie. The closest we got to Erie was Niagara Falls.

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