According to reports issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the forecasted level of Lake Michigan for April 1 was 576.94 feet above sea level. This is about 7 inches below the charted level of 577.5 feet, 9 inches below its level a year ago, and 21 inches below its long-term average.
Through September, water levels on Lake Michigan are predicted to be 6-9 inches below last year’s levels, the corps reports.
With the water levels expected to be below chart datum during the next several months, users of the Great Lakes and its connecting channels are being asked to keep informed of current conditions, and utilize navigation charts and current water level readings.
Local officials are monitoring water levels in Lake Michigan and on local waterways.
While it looks OK for boaters who utilize the Grand Haven Municipal Marina, City Community Affairs Manager Sandy Katt said officials are looking more closely at conditions at the boat launch.
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