Sunday, February 11, 2007

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods (French: Lac des Bois) is a lake occupying parts of the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the U.S. state of Minnesota. It separates some land in Minnesota, the Northwest Angle, from the rest of the United States so it can be reached from the rest of Minnesota only by crossing the lake or going through Canada. The Northwest Angle is the northernmost part of the U.S. outside Alaska.

Lake of the Woods                         Storbælt
                                                              (Sprogø to Langeland)

Max-length 110 km                           Max-length 60 km
Max-width 95 km                              Max-width 32 km
Surface area 4,350 km²
14,542 islands
105,000 km of shoreline
The Northwest Angle, known simply as the Angle by locals, and coterminous with Angle Township, is a small part of northern Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota that is the only part of the United States outside of Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel.

* Statistical information and maps courtesy of Wikipedia. For a more detailed map see Encarta.