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What's New
The water's rising
(4/29)
Great Lakes are on an upswing after long period of low levels.

New bill to help coastline communities
WSAU - Wasau, WI (4/28)
A new bill will help the Coast Guard get a more accurate picture of the Great Lakes shoreline.

As Lake Michigan shore erodes, LaPorte residents battle over beach access
WBAA-West Lafayette, IN (4/21)
Rising lake levels and erosion are complicating a local legal battle over beach access in Indiana.

Changing Great Lakes water levels and local impacts
(4/21)
Four multidisciplinary U.S. and Canadian research teams are currently completing the first phase of the Great Lakes Water Levels Integrated Assessment. On May 17, the project teams will share an update and answer questions at a a free event in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Higher Lake Michigan water level means less beach
WZZM-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (4/17)
Lake Michiganís water level is nearly an inch above where it was this time last year. For boats and those in the shipping industry, higher levels mean easier access for all. But for beachgoers and residents with homes along the shoreline, the beach is disappearing.

Lake Huron water levels rise steadily to Ď98 mark
The Manitoulin Expositor (4/13)
As of the beginning of March, Lake Michigan-Huronís level was 29 cms above the 100-year average and seven cms higher than the same time last year, and the highest the lake has been since 1998 for this time of year.

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Great Lakes Real-Time Water Level Gauging Stations

These maps were prepared in partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).

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Lake Superior | St. Marys River | Lake Michigan | Lake Huron | St. Clair River
Lake St. Clair | Detroit River | Lake Erie | Niagara River | Lake Ontario | St. Lawrence

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Weekly Water Levels Forecast
New! Update for Friday April 15, 2015 (includes data summary)

Weather conditions: The Great Lakes Basin received precipitation several days last week, which contributed to the slightly above average month to date precipitation total of 1.02 inches. Temperatures were colder to start the week throughout the Great Lakes Basin and gradually warmed up later in the week. Heading into the weekend, expect clear skies and warm temperatures throughout the basin. That trend will continue throughout the lower basin heading into the workweek, while some precipitation and lower temperatures are expected in the Lake Superior Basin on Monday.

Lake Level Conditions: Lake Superior is 1 inch higher than it was a month ago. Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are in the midst of their seasonal rise and are 7 to 8 inches above what they were a month ago. All lakes are above their average levels of a year ago; Lake Superior is 2 inches higher, Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are 10 to 15 inches higher, and Lake Ontario is 20 inches higher than they were at this time last year. All of the lakes are forecasted to rise 2 to 4 inches over the next 30 days. See the Daily Levels page for more water level information.

Forecasted outflows / channel conditions: Lake Superiorís outflow through the St. Maryís River is projected to be above average for the month of April. Lake Michigan-Huronís outflow into the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clairís outflow into the Detroit River are expected to be above average in April. Moreover, the April outflow of Lake Erie into the Niagara River is forecasted to be above average, and outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is predicted to be above average in April.

Alerts: Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels. Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Hydrology
GLIN: Current Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Forecasted Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Hydrology
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Flows
GLIN: Historical Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels
GLIN: Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region

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CC Data This page was created under the guidance of the binational Coordinating Committee on Great Lakes Basic Hydraulic and Hydrologic Data. This symbol is used throughout the GLIN hydrology section to indicate data or references prepared under the auspices of the Coordinating Committee.

 

 
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