Lake Gogebic

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Lake Gogebic
Lake Gogebic.JPG
Lake Gogebic viewed from Lake Gogebic State Park, July 2014.
Location Gogebic / Ontonagon counties, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Coordinates 46°30′N 89°35′W / 46.500°N 89.583°W / 46.500; -89.583Coordinates: 46°30′N 89°35′W / 46.500°N 89.583°W / 46.500; -89.583
Primary inflows Trout Brook, Merriwether River,Slate River
Primary outflows West Branch of Ontonagon River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 14 mi (23 km)
Max. width 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Surface area 13,380 acres (54 km2)
Average depth 17.5 ft (5.3 m)
Max. depth 38 ft (12 m)[1]
Shore length1 34.35 mi (55.28 km)
Settlements Bergland
References [1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Gogebic (/ɡˈɡ.bɪk/ go-GEE-bik) is the largest natural[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. 
  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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