Water Levels Begin to Recede in West Michigan

Posted by Andrea Crossman on Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 3:55pm.


Like so many other things in 2020, the water levels throughout the Great Lakes were at unusual levels, hitting record highs not seen in more than 30 years.

Many of the people who live and own family homes along the Michigan Lakeshore are all asking the same question. Will water levels begin to recede?

The answer is Yes, water levels are forecasted to drop. Already in 2021, there has been a reduction in water levels. The levels are currently five inches lower than recorded last year and are projected to continue dropping. For the summer of 2021, water levels in West Michigan are expected to be 12 inches less compared to last summer.

The Great Lakes levels are governed primarily by the natural rates of precipitation and evaporation. Greater levels of evaporation are expected this winter due to above average temperatures and reduced ice cover on the lakes. Lower than average precipitation forecast for 2021 will also help water levels recede.

As the water levels recede, many Lake Michigan homeowners have been thrilled to see their beach areas grow.  Larger, sandy, beach areas are a hot commodity in the market and further showcase the beauty of Lakeside living.




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