Lake Levels

Great Lakes water levels well above year-ago levels

The water levels in the Great Lakes system have risen as much as 16 inches this winter from one year ago. Lake Michigan is up nine inches. The news brings hope for next summer to the region's boaters and beach visitors. According to US Army Corps of Engineers figures, Lake Saint Clair's water level is 16 inches above the winter 2004 level.

The level is up seven inches on Lake Superior, nine inches on Lake Huron and 15 inches on Lake Erie. The level is down two inches on Lake Ontario. High water also translates to cash for the shipping industry, where higher water means more cargo and bigger profits.