FYI: June 2001

FYI — June 2001
FYI — June 2001
By Brad Dunn

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How low can they go? If you'll be boating in the Great Lakes this summer, especially near the shoreline, keep in mind that despite an extremely wet winter, three of the five lakes will be off their average depths.

In April the depth of Lake Superior was 15 inches below that listed on charts and six inches lower than last year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are down similar amounts. (Lakes Erie and Ontario are at about the same levels as last year.) "We're also hearing stories from the northern regions where local ponds and rivers are very low," says Adam Fox, research scientist for the Corps of Engineers.

Though numerous snowstorms dumped moisture over the southern part of the Great Lakes last winter, Fox says most of the basins around the upper lakes didn't get much snow after December. Contributing to the problem is unusually high evaporation, which could get worse this summer, according to the Corps of Engineers. "To have the highest level of evaporation, you need warm water and cool, dry air," Fox says. "Our computer models show that under those conditions, Lakes Michigan and Huron can easily lose 1.75 inches of water a week."

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The water level of the Great Lakes may be lower than normal, but there's no shortage of local cruising information on the Internet. The address may be long-winded, but the data there is quickly accessed and concise. To see how low the water is throughout the summer, you can download current photos of shorelines and harbors. There's also tons of information on marinas, anchorages, accommodations, and navigational updates. The site provides ideas for cruising itineraries, including the Inland Route and Grand Traverse Bay. Packed with colorful (and quickly downloadable) photography and helpful maps, the free site is a boon to any Great Lakes cruiser.

7-9: The Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Chicago. Phone: (207) 359-4651.
21-24: The 10th Ocean Alexander Motoryachts Rendezvous in Port Sidney Marina in British Columbia. Phone: (206) 344-8566.
22-24: The Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, Connecticut. Phone: (207) 359-4651.
28-July 2: The 41st Melbourne Boat Show in Melbourne, Austrailia. Phone: (61) 3-9328-4855.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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