Low Lake Levels May Affect North Shore Boating

Author: Steve Schering [Wilmette Life]

WINNETKA — A variety of weather patterns combined with the severe drought the Midwest has seen may mean drastic changes for boaters and beachgoers in the north shore this summer.

During a presentation with Jon Shabica of Shabica & Associates, Inc. Feb. 21 it was revealed the water levels in Lake Michigan are down more than five feet since 1997.

“You can walk offshore in some spots 50 to 100 feet out and still be in waist-deep water,” Shabica said. “Since about June of last summer we’re about 17 inches down in lake level.”

The meeting was well attended, mostly by boaters, who had several questions about the impact the low lake levels may have on them getting their boats in and out of the water.

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