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Lake Gogebic

Coordinates: 46°30′N 89°35′W / 46.500°N 89.583°W / 46.500; -89.583
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Lake Gogebic
Lake Gogebic viewed from Lake Gogebic State Park, July 2014.
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Lake Gogebic
LocationGogebic / Ontonagon counties, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Coordinates46°30′N 89°35′W / 46.500°N 89.583°W / 46.500; -89.583
Primary inflowsTrout Brook, Merriwether River, Slate River
Primary outflowsWest Branch of Ontonagon River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length14 mi (23 km)
Max. width2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Surface area13,380 acres (54 km2)
Average depth17.5 ft (5.3 m)
Max. depth38 ft (12 m)[1]
Shore length134.35 mi (55.28 km)
Surface elevation1,296 ft (395 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Gogebic (/ɡˈɡbɪk/ goh-GHEE-bik) is the largest natural inland[2] lake of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is located within the one million acre (4,000 km2) Ottawa National Forest. Lake Gogebic State Park is located along its western shore.

It is in the far western end of the Upper Peninsula, close to the Wisconsin border, and in parts of two counties, Gogebic County and Ontonagon County. The lake is also in two time zones, central and eastern.

Though the lake is a natural body of water, the level is regulated by the Upper Peninsula Power Company through its Bergland Dam located downstream on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River.[2]

In 2005 a state Department of Natural Resources survey found Black bullhead, Black crappie, Brown bullhead, Burbot, Cisco, Common shiner, Creek chub, Golden shiner, Northern pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock bass, Smallmouth bass, Walleye, White sucker, and Yellow perch in the lake.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 1999-2000" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Hanchin, P. A., (2011) The fish community and fishery of Lake Gogebic, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, Michigan in 2005-06 with emphasis on walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Special Report 58, Lansing

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