St. Lawrence River

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History[edit | edit source]

The St. Lawrence River originates at the outflow of Lake Ontario between Kingston, Ontario, on the north bank, Wolfe Island in mid-stream, and Cape Vincent, New York. From there, it passes Gananoque, Brockville, Morrisburg, Ogdensburg, Massena, Cornwall, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, and Quebec City before draining into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, one of the largest estuaries in the world. The estuary portion begins at the eastern tip of Île d'Orléans, just downstream from Quebec City.[2] The river becomes tidal in the vicinity of Quebec City.[4] Downstream from Quebec City, the St. Lawrence widens into a huge estuary.

The river runs 3,058 kilometers (1,900 mi) from the farthest headwater to the mouth and 1,197 km (743.8 mi) from the outflow of Lake Ontario. The farthest headwater is the North River in the Mesabi Range at Hibbing, Minnesota. Its drainage area, which includes the Great Lakes and hence the world's largest system of freshwater lakes.

The source of the North River in the Mesabi Range in Minnesota (Seven Beaver Lake) is considered to be the source of the Saint Lawrence River. Because it crosses so many lakes, the water system frequently changes its name. From source to mouth, the names are: North River, Saint Louis River, Lake Superior, Saint Marys River, Lake Huron, Saint Clair River, Lake Saint Clair, Detroit River, Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands, and Saint Lawrence River. The Saint Lawrence also passes through Lake Saint-Louis and Lac Saint-Pierre in Quebec.[1]

Records[edit | edit source]

Records may be found about the migration on the River system in the following:

United States Records[edit | edit source]

New York
Clinton County, New York Genealogy
Franklin County, New York Genealogy
St. Lawrence County, New York Genealogy
Jefferson County, New York Genealogy
Oswego County, New York Genealogy
Cayuga County, New York Genealogy
Wayne County, New York Genealogy
Monroe County, New York Genealogy
Orleans County, New York Genealogy
Niagara County, New York Genealogy

Canadian Records[edit | edit source]


Websites[edit | edit source]

Saint Lawrence River (Wikipedia)
Saint Lawrence River and Seaway (Britannica)
St. Lawrence River history (VSR)

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