What You Should
Know About Niagara River
The Niagara River is about 35 miles (56
kilometers) in lenght and is
the natural outlet from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It is one of the
world's greatest sources of hydroelectric power.
The Niagara River flows north from Lake
Erie. This is not the usual
direction of flow in this part of Canada. More like a strait, than a
river, the same amount of water that enters it from Lake Erie flows
into Lake Ontario some 56 kilometers (35 miles) downstream.
The elevation between the two lakes is
about 326 feet (99 meters), half
occuring at the Falls themselves.
The total area drained by the Niagara River
is approximately 264,000
square miles (684,000 square kilometers).
The average fall from Lake Erie to the
beginning of the upper Niagara
Rapids is only 9 feet (2.7 meters)
Grand Island, the Niagara
River divides into the west channel, known as the Canadian or Chippawa
Channel, and the east channel, known as the American or Tonawanda