If you head up to your Georgian Bay cottage later this month, you may get a pleasant surprise in the water levels department. A relatively dry winter without much ice cover on Lake Huron has led to a noticeable decline in water levels.
BNIA members and local marinas are reporting a drop of one to two feet from this time last year! That’s good news for most cottagers.
Of course, this is the low point of the annual cycle and levels typically rise during the spring and early summer. However, if you were inconvenienced with last year’s near-record high levels, you may see some new shoreline when you get to your cottage this year!
For really up-to-date data on water levels, see this dedicated page at the Georgian Bay Association website.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest update. The most recent one (May 2) says that Lakes Michigan and Huron are 15 inches below their level they were at this time last year. However, they are still 22 inches above their long-term average.
Photo: Robert Stephenson