Lake Huron, the third largest of the Great Lakes by volume, is hydrologically inseparable from Lake Michigan, joined by the wide Straits of Mackinac. Lake Huron's drainage area, which covers parts of Michigan and Ontario, is relatively large compared to the other Great Lakes. It is actually four separate but interacting bodies of water: the North Channel, the Georgian Bay, Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron Proper.
Named after the Huron Indians by the French, it was the first of the Great Lakes to be seen by Europeans. The French explorers Samuel de Champlain and Étienne Brûlé traveled up the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers and reached Georgian Bay in 1615.
Lake Huron has very low population levels relative to the other Great Lakes and has far more islands than the other lakes. These two factors combine to make it and its watershed a habitat for many unique plants and animals. Its shoreline is home to relatively undisturbed diverse plant and animal communities. The more than 30,000 islands on the Lake are relatively undisturbed habitats for some very rare species of plants and insects. Two of the most unusual ecosystems of the Lake Huron region include alvars, and the Provincial Park, the Pinery.
Reverend Sun Myung Moon has explained;
- "God's hand has touched even every small blade of grass which grows in the field...
- All creatures we see contain God's deep heart and tell the story of God's deep love."
With this understanding that nature is God's gift to man and an expression of his love, we can realize that all life is sacred. With a reverence for life, we can live in greater harmony with the environment, caring for it as we were originally intended by the creator.