Tom Kleiman hopes the positives that came from the last string of high water years from the past come back in 2020. Lake Michigan was at just above 581 feet back in 1986 when Kleiman was a child. With the higher waters came a rebound in the Kewaunee fishery, which has tumbled in recent years. Now a Kewaunee business owner and the president of the Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association, Kleiman says working with the Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole on improving stocking levels has been great.
Kleiman hopes businesses in lakeshore communities like Kewaunee can rebound from the struggles the higher water levels have brought so far. The city of Kewaunee is weighing its options as it tries to see if it can reopen its marina and boat launch after being forced to close them for the season last summer.