After just having returned from the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, PANAMA, and 85 degree daytime temperatures, it was a bit of a shock to come home to white caps surging over our seawall on Lake Macatawa and a very blustery day. Lake Macatawa is about 6 miles long with varying widths and bays such as Big Bay and Pine Creek Bay where it is as wide as a mile or more and is about 1700 acres. It is navigable for miles to the east where it turns into the Black River and there it is only good for smaller boats such as fishing boats and kayaks. And to the west it feeds (via the Holland pier) into Lake Michigan. From Holland's Lake Macatawa, you can boat all the way to Chicago to the south, Milwaukee to the west or north to Beaver or Drummind or
It was not that long ago that West Michigan hit record low lake levels which were about two feet below average. And in only about 4 years, we are now at or above record high lake levels of 1986 at about 4 get above average.
The contractors working on keeping people's homes and decks from being compromised are staying busy not only on the Lake Michigan shoreline but also on bringing in lifts for people's boats on the inland lakes such as Spring Lake, Lake Macatawa, the Black River and Pentwater Lake. As well as building docks higher that aren't floating docks.
But lake levels are on cycles that go up and down over several years (a bit like a wave pattern) and unlike tides of areas such as Florida or Panama, they aren't on a daily basis but on