The Huron-Clinton Metroparks contain two large inland lakes, Kent Lake and Stony Creek Lake, along with several smaller lakes and ponds. Two of the Metroparks, Lake Erie and Metro Beach, are situated on the shores of two of the largest lakes in the Midwest, Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. In addition to supporting abundant wildlife, these lakes also provide opportunities for recreation such as fishing, swimming, and boating.

All natural lakes in our area, including the Great Lakes, were formed by glaciers that gouged holes in the landscape, deposited material that blocked river channels, or left behind ice chunks which formed depressions and melted. Lakes also vary in terms of light levels, temperature, current, and nutrients. The differences in a lake’s physical environment, which occur between lakes and even within a single lake, create diverse habitats that support an incredible array of plants, fish, insects, and other wildlife that often go unnoticed beneath a lake’s surface.

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