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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario
Lake information
NameLake Ontario
LocationNorth America
GroupGreat Lakes
Primary inflowsNiagara River
Primary outflowsSt. Lawrence River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length193 mi (310.6 km)
Max. width53 mi (85.3 km)
Surface area7540 sqmi (19528.5 km2)
Average depth283 ft (86.3 m)
Max. depth802 ft (244.4 m)
Water volume393 c�mi (119.8 km3)
Residence time6 years
Shore length712 mi (1145.9 km)
Surface elevation246 ft (75 m)
Islands in lakes|islands_category=Islands in the Great Lakes
SettlementsToronto, Hamilton, Ontario, Rochester, New York

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Lake Ontario ( ) is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is bounded on the north and southwest by the province of Ontario, and on the south by the American state of New York. Ontario, Canada's most populous province, was named for the lake. In the Wyandot (Huron) language, ontarío means “Lake of Shining Waters”. It is the last in the Great Lakes chain and serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River. Lake Ontario is also the only one of the five Great Lakes to not share a coast with the state of Michigan.

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