SAINT CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) — After reaching historic lows just last year,  lake levels in Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes region are back, in a big way.

According to an Army Corps of Engineers report, water levels in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior are at least a foot higher than they were a year ago while levels are also up in Lakes Erie and Ontario.

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Chip Miller, whose family owns Miller’s Marina on Jefferson, south of 10 Mile in Saint Clair Shores, said the higher levels have also led to a resurgence among boaters with his marina, and others, now at near capacity for the first time in years.

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“We’re way up — the lake levels are just fine,” Miller said. “I’ve got a larger cruiser and I draft over three feet and I have no problems getting around the lake.

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Miller says the higher water levels have also helped generate a renewed enthusiasm for boating.  His marina, like many others in metro Detroit, are at near capacity for the first time in years.