Rising water levels on Lake Michigan will mean crowded beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park this summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting higher water levels on all of the Great Lakes this year. Erin Brown-Stender, Work Unit Supervisor for Potowatomi State Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park, says no matter where tourists go on the beach they won't have to walk far to wade or swim.
Brown-Stender says water levels are also restricting beach access near the Whitefish Dunes Nature Center.
While the water levels on Lake Michigan are higher than last year, they're not setting new records. The Corps of Engineers says Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie, on the other hand, are expected to surpass lake levels set in the 1950s and the 1980s.