Wikipedia’s entry for Lake Huron says that Lac Huron was named by early French explorers after the Huron people inhabiting the region. Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes and the third largest fresh water lake on earth with a surface area of 23,010 sq mi, a volume of 850 cubic miles and a shoreline length of 3,827 mi.
The Great Lakes Information Network page on Lake Huron pegs it as the 5th largest lake in the world and adds:
- It has the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes, counting the shorelines of its 30,000 islands.
- It contains Manitoulin Island, largest freshwater island in the world.
- Georgian Bay and Saginaw Bay are the two largest bays on the Great Lakes.
- Huron was the first of the Great Lakes to be discovered by European explorers. Since its French discoverers knew nothing as yet of the other lakes, they called it La Mer Douce, the sweet or fresh-water sea. A Sanson map in 1656 refers to the lake as Karegnondi, simply meaning “lake” in the Petan Indian language.