Lake Michigan is experiencing near record-setting water levels this summer. This past winter's healthy snow patch and very wet spring and early summer have caused the water levels to rise more quickly. According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Lake Michigan, along with Lake Huron are about an inch away from the water level record set in 1986. They're not the only lakes being affected by high water levels, the other Great Lakes are experiencing it as well. Even though Lake Michigan hasn't had record-setting levels yet, Keith Kompoltowicz, the Cheif of Watershed Hydrology for the Core of Engineers in Detroit says this is still significant.
The high water levels reportedly have caused erosion on the shores of Door and Kewaunee Counties this summer. Although there is a regulation plan that regulates the outflow of Lake Superior into the St. Marie River, Kompoltowicz says total water level control is not possible due to the natural water supply for the lakes.