Lac Vieux Desert
|Lac Vieux Desert|
|Location||Gogebic County, Michigan /
Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States
|Primary outflows||Wisconsin River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||4 miles (6.4 km)|
|Max. width||2 miles (3.2 km)|
|Surface area||4,260 acres (17.2 km2)|
|Max. depth||40 ft (12 m)|
|Surface elevation||1,683 ft (513 m)|
|Islands||Draper Island, Duck Island|
Lac Vieux Desert is a lake in the United States divided between Gogebic County, Michigan, and Vilas County, Wisconsin. Fed primarily by springs in the surrounding swamps, it is the source of the Wisconsin River, which flows out of its southwest corner. The lake contains a number of small islands, especially in its northeastern lobe, including Draper Island in Michigan and Duck Island, in Wisconsin.
Lac Vieux Desert has a surface elevation 1,680 ft (510 m) above sea level, and a maximum depth of about 40 ft (12 m). The surface area is 4,260 acres (17.24 km2; 6.66 sq mi), of which, approximately two-thirds is in Wisconsin and one third in Michigan.
Located in the Lake District of northern Wisconsin, the lake is a popular boating and fishing resort.
The name was given by French fur trappers, who were some of the first Euro-Americans in the region, who literally translated the name from the Anishinaabe language, Gete-gitigaani-zaaga'igan, meaning "Lake of the Old Clearing" or "Old Garden."
Local Activities / Attractions
- Lac Vieux Desert, Gogebic County, Watersmeet Michigan Fishing
- Wisconsin Historical Society. "Lac Vieux Desert, Vilas Co". Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lac Vieux Desert
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