Lake Erie is frozen—and the photos are stunning

Definitely don't go hiking.


Ramon Ramirez

Internet Culture

Published Feb 24, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 11:31 am CDT

Lake Eerie reportedly became 100 percent frozen on Monday for the first time since 1996. Frigid temperatures brought a plate of ice estimated to be between 16 and 24 inches thick.

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More arctic weather is on tap for the week, and total Great Lakes ice coverage could reach record-setting levels. Erie freezes wholly because it is comparatively shallow relative to other Great Lakes; its average depth is 62 feet, whereas Lake Ontario’s is 282 feet. Here’s the massive ice cube, as shown through viral Twitter photos.

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While the Great Lake presently looks like the ice planet Hoth, you definitely don’t want to attempt a hike from Ohio to Canada. 

Photo via Teknorat/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 24, 2015, 2:38 am CST