The rising water levels on Lake Michigan have led to the closure of the Kewaunee Municipal Boat Launch and eroded some business for local motels. Vicki Vollenwieder, co-owner of the Coho Motel, says cooler weather over the Memorial Day weekend slowed fish runs and kept customers away. She says now the fish have made their way to the waters off of Kewaunee, though fishermen have access to only one private boat launch. So, Vollenwieder says 4th of July weekend bookings are down.
Vollenwieder, like many other business owners, is hoping that warmer weather will be enough to allow the municipal boat launch to reopen by Labor Day weekend. That would help them salvage part of the summer tourism season.