Lake Superior is the largest of the five traditionally demarcated Great Lakes of North America. It is bounded to the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota, and to the south by the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan. It is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It is the world's third-largest freshwater lake by volume. The Ojibwe call the lake Gichigami, meaning 'big water.' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as 'Gitche Gumee' in The Song of Hiawatha, as did Gordon Lightfoot in his song, 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'.
Contributions by Civil Engineer III, Bkonrad, and Rmhermen.