U.P. deputy honored for saving man whose canoe sank in Lake Superior
KEWEENAW COUNTY, MI – An Upper Peninsula sheriff’s deputy has been honored with the Lifesaving Award after “risking his own life” to rescue a distressed boater whose canoe had sank in Lake Superior. After searching for 45 minutes, Keweenaw County Deputy Matt Eberly found the subject “lying lifeless in a fetal position,” according to a news release. Moments later, it was reported that the canoe had sank and the subject was in distress. Keweenaw County deputies and two private boats searched the area where the canoe had sank. “It is without a doubt that a life was saved that day thanks to the quick actions and outstanding performance put forth by Deputy Eberly,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.mlive.com
Body of missing Michigan woman found along Lake Superior
MARQUETTE, MI – The body of a Metro Detroit woman missing since late June has been recovered from Lake Superior. Olivia Ernst, 31, of Wixom had been missing since June 26. Ontario Provincial Police found her body on the Lake Superior shoreline near Montreal River in Ontario on July 30. Her vehicle was later found abandoned on Buckroe Road near County Road 550. Personal items belonging to her were also found near the water on the Lake Superior shoreline.mlive.com
Almost-fall gale winds could be ramping up in Lake Superior
Parts of Lake Superior could see some gale-force wind gusts today and Wednesday as the wind whips along with an incoming cold front and waves start building on the largest of our big lakes. The wave forecast for eastern Lake Superior also shows them building to the 8 to 9-foot range later Tuesday and again on Wednesday. Lake Superior may have gale-force wind gusts, driving waves toward 10 feet. “Our first ‘almost fall gale’ of the season is starting to set up ... with building SW winds and waves along the west side of the Keweenaw. Similarly to Tuesday, some gale-force gusts can’t be ruled out, but largely winds are expected to remain 30 knots or less.mlive.com
2 remote-controlled Saildrones launched on Lake Superior to gather fish data
A pair of bright orange unmanned watercraft will be plying the waters of western Lake Superior for the next month as part of a fish population study for the United States Geological Survey. The solar- and wind-powered vessels, created by the California-based company Saildrone, were launched last week and are being operated from a remote location, WLUC reports. It is the first time a Saildrone vessel has been used in Lake Superior. The Saildrones were launched for this particular mission off the Wisconsin coast near the Apostle Islands. A similar survey involving Saildrones was conducted in Lake Michigan last year.mlive.com
Great Lakes’ water temperatures show Lake Superior is odd lake out
We can usually expect Great Lakes’ water temperatures to mimic the summer air temperatures. Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario all are amazingly close to the long-term average water temperature. Lake Michigan's water temperature this year (red) versus the long-term average (blue)Lake Huron's average water temperature this year (red) versus long-term average (blue)Lake Michigan's water temperature this year (red) versus the long-term average (blue)Lake Michigan's water temperature this year (red) versus the long-term average (blue)Water temperatures usually mimic what a few months of surface ground temperatures have averaged. Lake Michigan's water temperature this year (red) versus the long-term average (blue)The next two weeks will be very interesting to watch Great Lakes’ water temperatures. Lake Superior should warm a lot and maybe get to near average water temperatures.mlive.com
State of the Great Lakes: Water still rising, temperatures chillier than normal
Water levels are rising right now in most of the Great Lakes – but that’s normal for this time of year. In June, Lake Superior was up 4.7 inches for the month, Lake Michigan-Huron was up 1.9 inches, Erie was up 0.8 inches and Lake Ontario was down 1.6 inches.mlive.com
Lake Superior is still super cold right now
Lake Superior’s water temperatures don’t seem to fit the weather we’ve had this summer. We have a good database of Lake Superior water temperatures. We are going to look back to 1995 at the lake-wide average surface water temperature for Lake Superior. This means there is one temperature given as an average temperature of Lake Superior. It’s pretty easy to see Lake Superior is colder now over the whole lake than it has been in the past six years.mlive.com
Plan to save Lake Superior reef will be unveiled at UP meeting
HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI — A public meeting will be held in the Upper Peninsula town of Lake Linden to present plans for removing vast amounts of crushed copper mining ore that’s slowly swallowing a stretch of Lake Superior coastline. The Buffalo Reef Task Force will hold the in-person meeting at the Lake Linden-Hubbel High School auditorium, 601 Calumet Street, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. Since 2019, the task force has been developing plans to save Buffalo Reef, a 2,200-acre trout and whitefish spawning reef that’s being covered by “stamp sands,’ which is legacy mining waste that’s been slowly eroding along the Keweenaw Peninsula shoreline for a century. The vast swath of stamp-sand covered shoreline between Gay and the Traverse River mouth is easily visible from space on Google Maps. About half of the stamp sands are underwater, where they are smothering Buffalo Reef and nearshore whitefish recruitment areas.mlive.com
Crews searching Lake Superior shoreline for missing Michigan woman
MARQUETTE, MI – Crews are searching Lake Superior and its shoreline for a woman reported missing in Metro Detroit. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard are leading the search for 31-year-old Olivia Lauren Ernst, who was reported missing in Wixom on June 26. Deputies located her vehicle on Buckroe Road near County Road 550 and personal items belonging to her near the water on the Lake Superior shoreline. Several boats were launched to search the lake and shoreline and a Coast Guard helicopter is scanning the area from above. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate this situation and asks that anyone with information about her location call deputies at (906) 225-8435 or Central Dispatch at (906) 475-9912.mlive.com
State of the Great Lakes: Superior rises 8 inches in one month
Lake Superior’s water level rose by 8 inches between April and May, the fourth-largest jump on record back to 1918 and the largest increase since 2001. All of the Great Lakes rose in May – as is normal for spring – but none faster than Superior, per data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.mlive.com
Soo shipping lock resumes operation after extended outage
MARIE, MI — The MacArthur Lock resumed operation in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend after unexpected maintenance complications extended its winter closure, slowing down shipping traffic in the bottleneck between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The MacArthur Lock is the southernmost lock, closest to the viewing platform at the Soo Locks Visitors Center. The new lock would be large enough to accommodate modern vessels, which are oversized for the 800-foot long by 80-foot wide MacArthur Lock. Related stories:Soo Locks rebuild project costs balloonWatch a huge freighter exit the Poe Lock up closeInfrastructure law tops off Soo Locks rebuild fundingWhat’s at the bottom of an empty Soo Lock?mlive.com
Oil ‘non-recoverable’ in St. Marys River spill, says Coast Guard
MARIE, MI — Oil spilled from an Ontario steel mill into the waterway connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron is “not recoverable,” said the U.S. Coast Guard. The estimated 5,300 gallons of gear oil spilled at the Algoma Steel mill in Sault Ste. Carlsgaard said response efforts are focused on the north end of Sugar Island, located on the eastern end of Sault Ste. Those workers are still actively responding to the oil spill, he said. Related articles:U.S. Coast Guard responding to 5,300-gallon oil spill in St. Marys RiverOil spill shuts down Soo Locks for 3 hoursCoast Guard to launch freshwater oil spill research in Michiganmlive.com
The most colorful way to see Pictured Rocks is from the water
MUNISING, MI – The best and most colorful way to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is from the waters of Lake Superior. Spring water from deep underground presses up through the face of the famous sandstone cliffs, drips and runs down to the waterline below and leaves behind rainbow colors of mineral stain along the 15 miles of national shoreline. That was how the national park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula derived its name.mlive.com
Severe Thunderstorm Watch for northern Michigan; Isolated very large hail possible
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern Lower Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior until 7:00 p.m. Here are the counties officially in the severe thunderstorm watch. Michigan counties included in the severe thunderstorm watch. The severe thunderstorm watch extends south to Manistee, Cadillac, Houghton Lake and West Branch. REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.mlive.com
Lake Superior anglers asked to report marked splake to help DNR create nearshore fishing opportunities
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers to help improve fishing opportunities on Lake Superior. Anglers can do so by reporting marked splake caught on the Great Lake. The fish specices is a hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout and have been stocked in Lake Superior most years since 1971, with annual stocking since 1990. In Lake Superior, the DNR stocks splake in Munising, Copper Harbor and Keweenaw Bay with a goal to create nearshore fishing opportunities in the smaller bays of Lake Superior, where some fisheries are available year-round. Anglers also can report marked splake to DNR creel staff stationed at various ports along the Lake Superior shoreline.mlive.com
Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park finally opening after late-winter delay
COPPER HARBOR, MICH. -- Opening operations are now underway at Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. The park announced Wednesday on Facebook that conditions had improved enough for opening procedures to commence at the island park in Lake Superior.mlive.com
Big freighters huddle near U.P. coast, wait out Lake Superior gale warning
MARQUETTE, MI - Shipping season is underway on the Great Lakes, but some of the big lakers are bunched up in a group just off the Marquette coastline today, apparently waiting out some big winds whipping across Lake Superior. A Gale Warning was issued for Lake Superior by the National Weather Service and lasts until 8 p.m. tonight. “Strong winds will cause hazardous waves which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility, the NWS Gale Warning statement reads. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.”Some of the freighters traversing Lake Superior started hugging the coastline or diverting to protected areas late Thursday, according to WLUC and ship enthusiasts who track their progress. coast near Marquette this morning were the well-known Arthur M. Anderson, the Kaye E. Barker and about four others.mlive.com
Stay off ice in Munising Bay, police say. Pressure crack between mainland and Grand Island
ALGER COUNTY, MI – Residents in Alger County should stay off the ice on Lake Superior. According to the Alger County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there is a pressure crack from an area in Munising Bay known as Grand Island Landing across to Grand Island near and area known as the Whirlpool. Snowmobilers and all others should steer clear of the area for the remainder of the season, officials said. Alger County is one of the U.P.’s most popular tourism destinations. It includes the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Grand Island Ice Caves, among other natural features.mlive.com
See owls on their migration journeys at this Michigan birding hotspot
WHITEFISH POINT, MICH. -- In mid-March it still looks quite wintry along Michigan’s remote Whitefish Point, but the presence of certain owls, hawks and other raptors is a distinct sign that spring is underway. For more than 30 years, researchers have used this birding hotspot to count, capture, band and release migrating birds as part of the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory program, or WPBO, now overseen by Michigan Audubon. Can’t make it to Whitefish Point this spring? Summer owl banding runs July 1-August 25, and fall banding will be held September 15-October 31. RELATED:Where to see thousands of hawks as they migrate through MichiganThis boisterous bird is a true sign of Michigan spring, and it’s not a robin7 types of birds now returning to Michigan, signaling springThis map lets you see sandhill cranes’ spring migration into Michiganmlive.com
After 1891 Lake Superior shipwreck found, survivor’s letter describes dramatic rescue
That’s the case for the Atlanta, the wreck of a schooner-barge that sank in a deadly storm in 1891 in Lake Superior, off the coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Earlier this month, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) announced the discovery of the well-preserved wreck. A couple days after news of the discovery broke, GLSHS members found a letter from one of the Atlanta’s two survivors that had been included in a United States Life-Saving Service log. The northwest gale that sank the Atlanta was whipping across Lake Superior on May 4, 1891. Read more hereLighthouse mystery: Air Force pilot crashes, leaves heartbreaking note before vanishingMystery surrounds old Lake Michigan shipwreck, woman left tied to the mastmlive.com
Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park saw visitation spike in 2021
COPPER HARBOR, MICH. -- Isle Royale National Park had an exemplary year for attendance in 2021. Park statistics revealed that 2021 was the busiest on-island visitation year in three decades, with 20,109 visitors traveling to the remote Lake Superior park.mlive.com
State of the Great Lakes: Michigan and Huron at lowest water levels since 2017
Water levels in the Great Lakes have danced around record highs recently, but some are now seeing their lowest levels in years. Lake Superior dipped to 600.92 feet above sea level in February, its lowest mark since 2013, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.mlive.com
See video: Coast Guard crew rescues fisherman from Lake Superior ice floe
L’ANSE, MI – An angler who was trapped on a Lake Superior ice floe got a ride back to shore in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Tuesday, March 8. USCG Air Station Traverse City shared a video of the rescue operation on its Facebook page; view it here. The 55-year-old man was fishing off the Keweenaw Peninsula when he realized he was cut off from shore and called 911. RELATED: Coast Guard rescues man trapped on Lake Superior ice floeThe angler was uninjured. READ MORE:Crews rescue same 2 men from Saginaw Bay for the second time this weekRoscommon County Sheriff’s K9 dies unexpectedlymlive.com
Coast Guard rescues man trapped on Lake Superior ice floe
L’ANSE, MI – A man who was trapped on a Lake Superior ice floe was brought safely to shore in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Tuesday, March 8, 9&10 News reports. The 55-year-old man found himself cut off from shore and called 911 for help, the report said. He told dispatchers that he was about three miles east of Point Abbaye off of the Keewenaw Peninsula. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter for the rescue, the report said. The man was wearing a survival suit, a float bib and a float vest, the report said.mlive.com
Great Lakes ice cover has peaked, here’s how it measured up
The ice cover on the Great Lakes has reached its peak coverage for the winter. Ice cover on Lake Huron for this winter of 2021-2022Lake Erie normally has the most ice cover of any Great Lake. Ice cover on Lake Erie for this winter of 2021-2022On the flip-side, Lake Ontario usually has the least ice cover of the Great Lakes. This year was no exception with a peak ice cover of 29.4 percent on February 6. In my checklist of having an “early spring”, early declining ice cover puts a check on the early spring side.mlive.com
‘Wonderfully preserved’ 1891 shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior
WHITEFISH POINT, MI – A shipwreck dating back to the 1890s has been discovered in Lake Superior. The Atlanta is a “wonderfully preserved shipwreck,” according to the GLSHS because of its time spent in the frigid depths of Lake Superior. “It is truly ornate, and still beautiful after 130 years on the bottom of Lake Superior.”This is the latest shipwreck discovered by the group. Three 1800s-era shipwrecks, The Dot, The Frank W. Wheeler and The Michigan, were discovered in Lake Superior near Grand Marais in October 2021. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society uses a combination of historical research, technology, and teamwork to map where ships were reported lost.mlive.com
Fisherman lost in blowing snow rescued from Lake Superior overnight
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI – A fisherman got lost in blowing snow on Lake Superior and then his snowmobile got stuck in heavy slush before rescuers found him overnight, officials said. The man was found miles from shore around 2 a.m. Monday by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. The search began when the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an ice fisherman last seen in the early afternoon heading toward shore on his snowmobile. The Coast Guard joined the search with a helicopter and airboat. The sheriff’s office and DNR sent snowmobiles to the location while the Coast Guard sent its airboat.mlive.com
Blizzard Warning issued for U.P. area along Lake Superior
MUNISING, MI - A combination of high winds, blowing lake effect snow and cold wind chills will lead to dangerous blizzard conditions in a portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The National Weather Service office in Marquette has issued a Blizzard Warning for two counties along Lake Superior. The NWS is advising that those in the Blizzard Warning area should only travel in an emergency. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning Alger and the northern portion of Schoolcraft counties. Gale Warnings are in effect for parts of Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.mlive.com
Bone dry January drops some Great Lakes’ water levels more than usual
As a result, all of the Great Lakes had declining water levels in January. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have the same lake level since the water flows freely through the Straits of Mackinac. The graph below gives us a great visual of the falling lake levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The dry conditions in January, along with cold, dry air created the water level decline. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie basins all received less than one inch of liquid in January.mlive.com
Bloomer man has been building massive boat for 37 years
Feb. 4—BLOOMER — Bill Hable was 46 when he embarked on a project intended to fill his retirement with joy. The Bloomer resident, an engineer by trade, planned to build a 41-foot wooden schooner that he could sail on the ocean after retiring at age 62. Hable started by grabbing a chainsaw, cutting down several trees and making the first boards for the massive boat. He figured the project would ...news.yahoo.com
See animation of growing Great Lakes ice coverage
It’s cold outside. Prolonged low temperatures around the Great Lakes means they’re freezing over. An animation from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) shows the growing ice coverage from Dec. 3 when there was almost no ice to Jan. 31 when the five lakes were 40% frozen over. Here’s the current ice cover by lake:Lake Erie: 94%Lake Huron: 54%Lake Michigan: 31%Lake Ontario: 28%Lake Superior: 25%Find the animation here. RELATED: See breathtaking satellite photos of growing Great Lakes ice covermlive.com
U.P. sheriff warns of open water in ‘whirlpool’ area of Lake Superior bay
ALGER COUNTY, MI – Officials in the Upper Peninsula are warning visitors and residents of hidden open water in Lake Superior. The Alger County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that local fishermen have reported that an area known as the “whirlpool” is presenting open water. The area is very difficult to see as a blanket of snow is covering the open water, officials said. Anyone venturing out onto the ice is encouraged to be mindful of the ice conditions as well as areas presenting open water. It includes the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Grand Island Ice Caves, among other natural features.mlive.com
An underwater hotel in Lake Superior? Mayor hawks dubious project
TWO HARBORS, MN — The mayor of a Minnesota city and an anonymous self-proclaimed “billionaire” want to build an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, according to the Duluth News-Tribune, which reported ethical concerns are being raised about promotion of the improbable development. Chris Swanson, mayor of Two Harbors, a city of about 3,800 on Lake Superior, has been raising eyebrows by promoting a $400 million development with the backing of an anonymous financier who goes by the pseudonym “Mr. Swanson was reelected in 2020 to his second term as Two Harbors mayor. O” on a podcast called “Ask a Billionaire” to promote the hotel concept, which also involves a potential commercial submarine. Set up a free investment 15 minute meeting with Two Harbors Mayor Swanson to learn more: Click the button below to set up your meeting today:”Duluth News-Tribune reporters got someone claiming to be “Mr.mlive.com
Soo Locks rebuild project gets full funding through infrastructure law
MARIE, MI — A long-delayed effort to reconfigure and expand the Soo Locks complex to accommodate the largest Great Lakes ships is receiving enough funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law to complete the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $479 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will be used over several years to build a new shipping lock that will enable the “1,000-footer” sized ships to move between Lake Superior and Lake Huron via the St. Marys River.mlive.com
See large Lake Superior waves crash into Blackrocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
MARQUETTE, MI -- Gale force winds whipped up large waves at the iconic Blackrocks on Marquette’s Presque Isle Park on Monday, Dec. 27. MLive sent a drone in the air to capture the ten-foot plus waves from Lake Superior as they crashed into the shoreline. The drone captured the picturesque Blackrocks covered in snow and ice as the waves churned and splashed along the rocks. Marquette police say visitors to Presque Isle Park, a forested 323-acre peninsula known for its towering pines and spectacular view of Lake Superior, should stay back from the cliffs and use caution around unprotected hazards there. The park is home to the Blackrocks, ancient rock formations where visitors are known to dive from 10- to 15-foot cliffs into Lake Superior.mlive.com
U.P.’s Copper Harbor ranked as top ice fishing destination for 2022
COPPER HARBOR, MICH. – The Upper Peninsula’s Copper Harbor has been named one of the nation’s top ice fishing destinations for 2022. The charter fishing site FishingBooker.com included the remote community in a list of eight spots across the United States that offer excellent ice fishing. “Situated on the north shore of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in the heart of Lake Superior, Copper Harbor is an ice fishing paradise,” the ranking noted. Read the full list here; more information about ice fishing the Keweenaw Peninsula is at keweenaw.info/recreation/ice-fishing. RELATED:November is prime time for stars, Northern Lights in Michigan’s Keweenaw; where to watch8 places to witness the magic of frozen waterfalls in the U.P.mlive.com
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Enjoy German fare and craft beer at Frankenmuth’s Michigan on Main
FRANKENMUTH, MI — It’s the holiday season in Frankenmuth, and the Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main has house-made German sausages, freshly-baked pretzels, seared wild-caught Lake Superior whitefish, craft beer, and a cozy atmosphere for when you need a break from Christmas shopping. This casual, contemporary eatery located inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, 713 S. Main St., features Michigan-sourced food, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. “We try to focus on as much Michigan as we can,” said Phil Fahrenbruch, executive chef at Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Michigan on Main. Michigan on Main is open for dining from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit www.bavarianinn.com/dine/michigan-on-main/ or find Michigan on Main on Facebook to learn more.mlive.com
Record warm water temperatures now on most Great Lakes
Warm weather in September and October has kept the Great Lakes’ water temperatures much warmer than normal for mid-November. Lake Superior surface water temperatures on November 9, 2021Lake Michigan still has water temperatures in the mid-50s. Lake Michigan surface water temperatures on November 9, 2021Lake Huron has water temperatures in the low 50s. Lake Huron surface water temperatures on November 8, 2021Lake Erie was still almost near 60 degrees last week. Lake Ontario surface water temperatures on November 8, 2021Here’s a good way to see if the water temperatures I’m showing are out of the ordinary.mlive.com
Storm warning, up to 19 foot waves expected on anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald wreck
A storm warning implies stronger winds and higher waves than a gale warning. Storm warning conditions are in the dark purple and gale warning conditions are in pink. In the storm warning area, winds are expected to be steady between 40 mph and 50 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. At that stage in weather modeling, an historic storm like the Fitzgerald storm was probably not forecasted accurately by the two computer models. Below is a simulation of the waves as they developed and increased during the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.mlive.com
The Edmund Fitzgerald’s final hours: 8 things to know
When the Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom of Lake Superior amid a fierce storm on Nov. 10, 1975, the most gut-wrenching loss was its entire crew - all 29 men aboard who went down with the famed freighter. But the wreck of the 729-foot “laker” was also a $24 million loss of an engineering marvel - a ship considered a Great Lakes workhorse as it racked up seasonal records for its cargo-hauling abilities.mlive.com
The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
Freighter aground on Detroit River now freed
DETROIT – A freighter that ran aground on the Detroit River has been freed Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the the Harvest Spirit has been refloated and will undergo further inspection. The 500-foot freighter Harvest Spirit, aground in the Detroit River since Wednesday morning, was successfully refloated this afternoon and is safely anchored in U.S. waters while awaiting a thorough inspection. News release: https://t.co/uso2FQQpnp pic.twitter.com/L3X47zJDww — USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) December 4, 2020Shipping was routed to Detroit River’s Amherstburg Channel, east of Bois Blanc Island. The Detroit River is one of the busiest rivers for commercial shipping on the planet.
Freighter runs aground in Detroit River
DETROIT – A freighter ran aground in the Detroit River’s Livingstone Channel at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Boat traffic is being redirected as crews are working to free the Harvest Spirit, a Canadian vessel built in 2012. The ship was headed toward Thunder Bay in Ontario, just north of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, when it went aground between Grosse Ile and Bois Blanc Island.
Local artist creates replica of S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
DETROIT – Today marks the 45th anniversary of one of the most famous Great Lakes shipwrecks: the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975 with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, it was the largest ship on North America’s Great Lakes, and remains the largest to have sunk there. One local man decided he wanted to pay his respects to the victims lost on the vessel. According to a Los Angeles Times obituary, Edmund Fitzgerald, who died in 1986, was a civic leader in his hometown of Milwaukee.
Several Michigan beaches either closed or under bacteria contamination advisory
Several Michigan beaches are either closed or under a contamination advisory due to high bacteria levels heading into Fourth of July weekend. According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, there are currently 10 closures or advisories in Michigan. Most of them are in the Upper Peninsula. Much of the increase in bacteria levels are due to storm water runoff, according to the DEQ, but some are closed due to a potential toxin-forming blue-green algal bloom. Related: Gross: Study uncovers 10 Michigan beaches with most bacterial contaminationMichigan beach closures and advisories (as of July 1, 2020):Sanford Lake - Sanford Lake Park - Midland (Closure)Muskegon River - Crawford Park - Osceola (Contamination Advisory)Lake Michigan - Veterans Memorial Park - Antrim (Contamination Advisory)Pike Bay at Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Chassell Beach - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Torch Lake - Dreamland Camp - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Hancock City Beach - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Houghton City Beach - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Sandy Bottom Beach/ Dollar Bay - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Torch Lake / Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Lake Linden Campground Beach - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)Torch Lake / Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Hubbell Park - Houghton (Contamination Advisory)
Great Lakes water levels expected to increase by 2020
MICHIGAN - Monthly mean water levels continued to set records in September with Lake Superior tying its monthly record high and Lakes St. Clair and Erie setting new record-high September levels. On Lakes Michigan-Huron and Ontario, water levels remain well above average and near record levels. During the spring, the lakes tend to rise due to increased precipitation and increased runoff as a result of snowmelt. We refer to the combined effect of precipitation over the lake, evaporation from the lake, and runoff to the lake as Net Basin Supply (NBS). This edition of the Water Level Outlook incorporates the projection of water levels if the cumulative NBS over the next 12 months is a repeat of last year (high), near average, or a lower cumulative NBS scenario.
Gale Warning issued for Lake Superior with 19-foot waves possible
A Gale Warning in effect for Lake Superior. The National Weather Service issued the warning for all of Lake Superior until 5 p.m. on Friday. The largest expected significant waves will be 13 feet with a maximum wave height of up to 19 feet possible." A Gale Warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.
Michigan weekend road trip: A brief journey through the UP
My trip included staying at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth campground and the Au Train Beach Campgound. The Tahquamenon Falls campground is situated on the Tahquamenon River and has a boat launch, kayak rentals and a fishing platform. Park at the lower falls and take the about 4-mile hike to the upper falls, where there is shopping and dining, including the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub. The hike from the lower falls to the upper falls at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. My friends and I did a kayak tour of Pictured Rocks through Uncle Ducky's Paddling Michigan.
3 wolves moved to Michigan's Isle Royale, helping rebuild population
HOUGHTON, Mich. - Officials say four gray wolves from Michigan's Upper Peninsula were transported for resettlement in Isle Royale National Park to help restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain, though one of them died shortly after arriving. The National Park Service said Friday that Isle Royale's wolf population is now 17. Superintendent Phyllis Green says obtaining animals from different places will prevent the inbreeding that nearly wiped out the population. One female died shortly afterward. A necropsy is planned but Green says the relocation is stressful for wolves.
EPA gives $3.7M to protect endangered Lake Superior reef
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $3.7 million to remove copper mining waste rock from a Lake Superior harbor where it threatens an important fish spawning area. Waste known as stamp sands was dumped along the lakefront during the early 20th century. It covers 1,400 acres (567 hectares) of shoreline and lake bottom and is drifting toward Buffalo Reef, where trout and whitefish reproduce. About 157,000 cubic yards (120,035 cubic meters) of rock will be removed from Grand Traverse Harbor and a trough will be dug to create a sediment trap near the reef. The EPA funding was awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program that focuses on longstanding environmental problems in the region.
VIDEO: Kayakers escape injury as cliff collapses at Pictured Rocks
MUNISING, Mich. - Kayakers on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan narrowly escaped injury when a large section of cliff collapsed near them into Lake Superior. WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet (61 meters) above the water. Van Ouellette-Ballas of Northern Waters Adventures, one of the guides, says smaller rocks had fallen near the group Monday before the massive section fell. He says they thought we were at a safe distance and were paddling away when the large collapse missed them by about 50 feet (15 meters). MLive.com reports nature photographers Jon Smithers and Craig Blacklock were on a boat and Smithers turned a drone toward the sounds of the collapse in time to record video of it.
Rising Great Lakes erode shorelines, create uncertainty
The city of Duluth has dealt with three major storms on Lake Superior in less than two years, with the latest hitting last October. (WDIV)DULUTH, Minn. - Rapidly rising water levels in the Great Lakes are damaging shorelines and creating uncertainty for lakeshore residents. Duluth's construction project supervisor, Mike LeBeau, tells Minnesota Public Radio News high water levels are making the storms even more destructive. Lake levels began rising rapidly in 2014. But the higher lake levels are a boon for the shipping industry, which was complaining about record low water levels only six years ago.
Group finds remains of ship that sank 103 years ago in Lake Superior
The Kirby sank near Eagle Harbor in May 1916. (WDIV)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has discovered the remains of a ship that sank 103 years ago in Lake Superior off Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The society announced this month that it found the wreck of the 294-foot S.R. Kirby near the Keweenaw Peninsula last year. The group says the Kirby sank near Eagle Harbor in May 1916.
3 historic Michigan lighthouses on the Great Lakes to be auctioned
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Three historic Great Lakes lighthouses owned by the federal government are going on the auction block. The Ontonagon Breakwater lighthouse will also be auctioned. Its the westernmost lighthouse in Michigans Upper Peninsula, perched at the entrance of the channel leading to the Ontonagon River from Lake Superior. It sits on a sandbar between Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota. The U.S. General Services Administration is offering the lighthouses through an online auction .
Topless woman at Minnesota beach sparks debate over public nudity
DULUTH, Minn. - A Minnesota woman who swims topless in Lake Superior has sparked a debate over the state's indecent exposure law. Michelle Bennett has been going topless at Lake Superior Park for years and never had any complaints until last month. I pointed out to him that I wasn't nude, I was topless," Bennett said. A separate Minnesota law does say nudity includes a woman's breasts but nudity is only defined as illegal if you're presenting it to an audience. Bennett said she wasn't doing this for an audience and because of that wasn't breaking a law.