Michipicoten Island

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Michipicoten Island
Geography
Location Lake Superior
Coordinates 47°44′N 85°45′W / 47.733°N 85.750°W / 47.733; -85.750Coordinates: 47°44′N 85°45′W / 47.733°N 85.750°W / 47.733; -85.750
Area 184 km2 (71 sq mi)
Country
Canada
Province  Ontario
District Thunder Bay District
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Michipicoten Island is an island in Ontario, Canada, in the northeastern part of Lake Superior, approximately 175 kilometres (109 mi) northwest of Sault Ste. Marie and 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Wawa, Ontario.[1] It falls within the boundaries of Thunder Bay District, not Algoma District.

The third largest island in Lake Superior,[2] Michipicoten Island is 27 kilometres (17 mi) long and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) wide at its widest point. Uninhabited by humans and with plentiful wildlife (notably beaver, woodland caribou, and birds), it has become a destination for some adventurous kayakers. At its closest point to mainland Ontario, the island is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from land.[1]

The entire island is administered by Ontario Parks as Michipicoten Island Provincial Park. The island is made up of ancient lava bedrock related to volcanism of the Midcontinent Rift System[2] and is heavily forested, with several inland lakes.

A lighthouse was established in 1912 on the eastern end of the island.

On some old maps, Michipicoten Island is shown as Isle Maurepas, after the French minister of Marine Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (2004). Michipicoten Post and Michipicoten Island Provincial Parks Management Planning: Background Information (PDF). Queen's Printer for Ontario. ISBN 0-7794-6544-X. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (July 2, 2013). "Natural Heritage Information Centre". Queen's Printer for Ontario. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Seymour I. (2008). The Mismapping of America. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. pp. 192–195. ISBN 9781580461290. 

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