Water levels in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior are at least a foot higher than they were a year ago.
Vacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Pure Michigan announced that Carla White of Christmas is the winner of the Michigan Moments Photo Contest. White’s winning photograph features a sunset over Lake Superior, just west of Bay Furnace Park in Christmas.
General Motors is sponsoring educational boat trips on Lake Superior this summer for Michigan school students on Michigan Technological University’s research vessel, the RV Agassiz.
Federal experts will discuss the causes and potential consequences of low Great Lakes water levels during a Thursday seminar in Ann Arbor that also will be broadcast on the Web.
Water levels across most of the Great Lakes are likely to remain well below average for the next six months, posing continued hardships for commercial vessels and tourist towns that cater to recreational boaters.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation earlier this week creating a $21 million program to deepen Michigan harbors that could become impassable to boats as parts of the Great Lakes hover near historically low levels.
No pups were apparently born to the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior in 2012, according to researchers at Michigan Technological University, which has been studying the interaction between the island park’s wolves and moose for 55 years. Since wolves live only about five years in the wild, that means the island’s wolf population may soon be gone.
The effectiveness of a long-term plan to heal the ailing Great Lakes could be marred by federal spending cuts, which also could make it harder to cope with low water levels that threaten the region’s economy.
Gov. Rick Snyder will call for spending $11 million this year to dredge Michigan harbors in danger of losing their connections to open water because of low Great Lakes levels.