Lake Superior water levels are up.
Written by Jesse Baroka on September 18, 2019
IRONWOOD – High water levels on Lake Superior for the month of August 2019 have tied the record with that of 1952, according to Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology, Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Detroit District monitors the Great Lakes water levels and makes the information available as a public service. Since 1952, the average water level for Lake Superior has been 602.17 feet above sea level. This year it is up by about one foot to 603.22 feet. The high water levels are expected to continue for at least another six months. Depending on the locale, coastal erosion and very strong wave action could erode the shoreline and cause significant flooding. Lisa Klaus public affairs specialist for the Ottawa National Forest, which oversees the Black River Harbor Recreation Area says The greatest impact people will notice along Lake Superior is a disappearing beach. As for the newly re-opened Saxon Harbor marina, “the higher water levels haven’t really affected the overall operations,” according to Eric Peterson, Forest Administrator,