Inland lakes are very high as well. When I purchased my property there were two houses on the lot: the one I live in above the lake and a waterfront cinder block home. The farmer who built both (before zoning) used to rent them. Found an old photo which shows the rental house before I had it removed, leaving nothing but the concrete slab it was built upon. A few truckloads of sand on top of the slab gave me the best beach on the lake.
The lake level has cycled up and down. Nature’s dance. In 2014 it was so low, the ski boats left contrails of muck when they came in closer to shore and the summer (city) people wanted to figure a way to pump water into the lake (!). That said, this year’s level is record setting.
This spring most of my beach sand is in the lake as the water now covers the entire area where that house stood. Not having my dock installed because there’s no place to put it other than over the concrete, which is silly. I can paddle my kayak over the slab so I’ll just set up a stand on the little patch of level ground available and keep it there. If the water comes up any higher, the bottom of my stairs down the bluff will be in water. I’m thankful my home is 52 steps, plus some lawn, above the beach.
As to Lake Michigan, there’s concern about the Piping Plover, an endangered species, There are only 68 nesting pairs left. Some nest along the beach in the Cross Village area of northern Lake Michigan and some areas of the beach have been diminished not only by the water level, but by storms when the ice began to break up. When we walked the beach a couple weeks ago, there were sections where the sand had been pushed up over bluffs, leaving nothing but rocks along the shore.
I am looking forward to seeing how Sturgeon Bay and the beaches along Wilderness State Park have changed. Maybe Sunday, as it’s supposed to be 65F and sunny.