Is anyone else experiencing problems boating due to the record high water?  We have a boathouse that was continually flooded until August last season.  They are predicting even higher levels this season.  In my 52 years I have seen the levels rise and fall over time, but this has been higher and longer than anything previous.

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Hopefully, the water levels are not an indication of the new normal. I've never experienced water levels like this either in the Door County area or Lake Michigan in my 65 years.

Mississippi has been unfriendly for several years.  We are docked about 3 miles upstream from the Mel Price Lock and Dam, maybe 20 or so miles above St. Louis and have not spent much time on the water due to flooding.  Last year was within a foot of the 1993 record flood but lasted much longer. The website has a few pictures, https://tinyurl.com/SSaYC I have had the misfortune of being a commodore at another harbor in 1993 and the treasurer of this harbor in 2019.  By popular vote I will no longer be an officer of anything associated with boating ;-).

1986 had been the record high year on Lake Erie.  We broke that in 2019 and it is predicted to go higher this season.  Highest we saw was about 79" above LWD in July 2019.  Today, in February, when it's usually down, we are at 58" above LWD.

Timothy "Tim" Miller said:

Mississippi has been unfriendly for several years.  We are docked about 3 miles upstream from the Mel Price Lock and Dam, maybe 20 or so miles above St. Louis and have not spent much time on the water due to flooding.  Last year was within a foot of the 1993 record flood but lasted much longer. The website has a few pictures, https://tinyurl.com/SSaYC I have had the misfortune of being a commodore at another harbor in 1993 and the treasurer of this harbor in 2019.  By popular vote I will no longer be an officer of anything associated with boating ;-).

I concur, I boat on Lake Erie also and I could not get to my dock until late June. The marina had to raise the  drive outs to the docks at least a foot. The boat didn't leave the dock much. I am hoping that the mild winter we are having will not raise the lake level as high as last year.

A friend of mine has a boat house near you in Sandusky and he felt it necessary to store his boat at a local marina. He thinks he may rent a dock next season instead of utilizing the covered slip behind his house due to the high water. Good luck.

I'm not going back to the boathouse I've been in. Last year there was an inch or so over the dock July-September. They're predicting the water may be 8" higher this year, the whole marina will be submerged if that happens. Many of the islands in the St Clair flats were either just above water or submerged last season. Lake St Clair is only down 9" from peak, it should be way lower this time of year, Lake Huron is 19" ABOVE where it was this time last year. All signs point to bad things for the lake front this season. 

Here's the parking lot at my marina last summer. 

I understand the frustrations of the Great Lake boaters but consider the inland waterways situation in 2019.

A good share of the season the Mississippi was in flood once again which affected me, a past CCCCC, our current webmaster almost all that attended the last Dubuque Rendezvous, those on the Illinois River and I suspect many on the Ohio as well and any overlooked that may be on the Missouri River.  Even when in low flood and navigable dodging logs and islands of logs in a 6 knot current is somewhat stressful not to mention that a 3 hour journey upstream to a harbor destination at 3000 rpm is at the same speed as the ~1 1/4 hour journey back to port at 1000 rpm. Another year like these last several and Timtation may be on the market.

Aren't the Great Lakes water levels controlled by how much water the Army Corps of Engineers lets out into the St. Lawrence? 

They will say no, however to a certain extent they can.  Last season they shut down the Long Sault Dam on the St. Lawrence because of flooding down river towards Montreal.  This in turn caused flooding on Ontario because of the backup.

Jim Frens said:

Aren't the Great Lakes water levels controlled by how much water the Army Corps of Engineers lets out into the St. Lawrence? 

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I just drove route 2 from Elyria to Toledo. I see what you mean!!

Last year parts of the Trent Severn lost the blue line (place where you tie up and wait your turn) at the locks. Some were under water near the Georgian Bay side. Sounds like it'll be even worse this year. Luckily our marina uses floating docks.

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