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Cory Morse | MLive.com

MI - Drone footage shows larger Lake Michigan beach after water level whiplash

It looks like visitors flocking to Lake Michigan beaches this summer will be in for a welcome sight.

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – It looks like visitors flocking to Lake Michigan beaches this summer will be in for a welcome sight.

After consecutive years of near record high water levels, the beaches have seemed to increase in size with the reduced height of Lake Michigan producing more beach.

Based on a drone flight at a Lake Michigan park in Ottawa County, the different is quite substantial from 2020 to 2022. The beach at North Beach Park in Ferrysburg is noticeably larger with much more shoreline and beach. Much more of the sandy beach exists between the picnic shelter and the edge of Lake Michigan.

After Great Lakes water levels danced around record highs, Lake Michigan is now at its lowest levels in years.

In 2020, the Great Lakes nearly reached their highest recorded levels with Lake Michigan peaking at almost 3 feet above average in July.

Now, Great Lakes water levels are going down faster than usual.

In February, Lake Michigan-Huron measured at 579.13 feet – about 18 inches lower than last February. While that’s still higher than the 104-year average, it’s the lowest mark since 2017.

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