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Lake Michigan - Photo Gallery by Water Level

  

Chart depicting Lake Michigan-Huron water levels 1900-2004.  Data links included below.

Data 1860-1900: Milwaukee monthly average water levels per "Great Lakes Water Levels, 1860-1990" US Dept of Commerce, NOAA, Sept 1992. Download Data Spreadsheet

Data 1900-1990: Beginning of Month Lake Michigan water levels per
GLERL Technical Report GLERL-038.

Data 1990-2004: Milwaukee beginning of Month water levels per
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Clickable Image map depicting ranges of Water Levels for which photos are available in this collection.  Scroll down to browse. poly High Water Levels Low Water Levels Moderate to High Water Levels Moderate to Low Water Levels
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Location of NOAA/NOS/CO-OPS Water Level Gauging Stations
on Lake Michigan =>

Map depicting locations of Lake Michigan Water Level Gauging Stations
Lake Level
(m relative to IGLD 1985) at nearest NOAA Station
Photo
ID
175.52-175.92 Pier and Sand Leland (North Point, South Bay), Leelanau Co., MI - January 8, 2008. Credit: Mark Breederland, MI Sea Grant
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Navigation LightPierNorth Point, South BayPierBoat at dock
walkway
BreakwallBridgeBreakwallNorth Point, South Bay
175.52-175.92 Fishing pier Grelickville, Traverse City, MI - January 9, 2008. Credit: Mark Breederland, MI Sea Grant
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Diving platformResort dockBeach BuoyBeachBeach
WetlandDockDockBeachBeach
175.66-175.79 WEBMarch6to8_062.jpg (188KB) Fish Creek Harbor, Door County, WI - March 9, 2003. Credit: Mike Kennedy.
175.68-176.09 Demeur1.jpg (95KB) Door County, WI. April 2001. Credit: Christopher Demeur.
...continued Demeur2.jpg (112KB)Demeur3.jpg (76KB)demeur6.jpg (21KB)Demeur7.jpg (31KB)
175.76-176.12 Lakemi1.jpg (25KB) Naubinway to St. Ignace, MI - May 21, 2001. Credit: Ron Kinnunen, MI Sea Grant
...continued Lakemi5.jpg (25KB) Lakemi15.jpg (35KB) Lakemi16.jpg (36KB) Lakemi17.jpg (35KB) Lakemi4.jpg (38KB) Lakemi7.jpg (37KB) Lakemi11.jpg (23KB) Lakemi10.jpg (21KB) Lakemi12.jpg (24KB) Lakemi26.jpg (30KB) Lakemi27.jpg (25KB) Lakemi28.jpg (30KB) Lakemi29.jpg (47KB) Lakemi13.jpg (25KB)Lakemi3.jpg (30KB) Lakemi22.jpg (27KB) Lakemi23.jpg (27KB) Lakemi24.jpg (33KB) Lakemi25.jpg (31KB) Lakemi14.jpg (37KB) Lakemi18.jpg (39KB) Lakemi19.jpg (39KB) Lakemi20.jpg (32KB) Lakemi21.jpg (36KB) Lakemi2.jpg (28KB) Lakemi9.jpg (22KB) Lakemi6.jpg (25KB) Lakemi8.jpg (24KB)
175.76-176.12 Lakemi30.jpg (28KB) Naubinway to St. Ignace, MI - May 22, 2001 Credit: Ron Kinnunen, MI Sea Grant
22Manistee.jpg (232KB) 23Manistee.jpg (264KB) Manistee, MI - 1999 - "Where's the path and steps?" - Land and water side of same site. Sand blown into woods is covering path and steps. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
175.93-176.07 TraverseBay10102001.jpg (32KB) TraverseBay10102001b.jpg (24KB) Grand Traverse Bay - October 10, 2001. Credit: Dave Brenner, MI Sea Grant
175.94-176.055 MantShrN.jpg (67KB) Manitowoc, WI - August 17, 2001 - looking north along the Lake Michigan shoreline adjacent to the UW-Manitowoc Campus. Credit: Phil Moy, WI Sea Grant
175.94-176.055 MantShrS.jpg (71KB) Manitowoc, WI - August 17, 2001 - looking south along the Lake Michigan shoreline adjacent to the UW-Manitowoc Campus. Credit: Phil Moy, WI Sea Grant. Photographer's note: I assume that in high water years the lake used to be under the large tree on the right in this photo since there was a tire swing on the overhanging limb. So I would be standing in (or very near) the water to take the photo.
175.95-176.52 GTB1.jpg (62KB) Grand Traverse Bay, MI - July 2000 - Old Mission Point Lighthouse. Credit: Greg Lang, GLERL
175.95-176.52 GTB2.jpg (48KB) Grand Traverse Bay, MI - July 2000 - Old Mission Point Lighthouse. Credit: Greg Lang, GLERL
175.99-176.06 6beach42100.jpg (29 KB) Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, WI (northern tip of Door County peninsula). April 21 2000. Credit: Kate Houston. (same beach view as immediately below).
176.03-176.08 5beach102599.jpg (32KB) Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, WI (northern tip of Door County peninsula). 10/25/99. Credit: Kate Houston.
176.03-176.08

1nodiving.jpg (56KB)2drydock.jpg (50KB)3alotmorebeach.jpg (39KB)4puddles.jpg (33 KB)

More Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, WI (northern tip of Door County peninsula). 10/25/99. Credit: Kate Houston.
176.03-176.62 11Benzie.jpg (175KB) Benzie County, MI - 1990 - Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.04-176.66 18NMannitou.jpg (180KB) North Manitou - 1990 - Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.04-176.66 02Mannitou.jpg (220KB) South Manitou Lighthouse Protection - 1990. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.3-177.15 swinehart11.jpg (45KB) Town groins near St. Joseph, MI - October 1976. Credit: MI Sea Grant (from U of M archives).
176.32-176.51 03Magoon.jpg (74KB) Magoon Creek, Manistee County, MI - May 17, 2000 - Creek overnight breakthrough foredune and dewatering of part of bed. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.33-176.75 08Petoskey.jpg (188KB) Petoskey - 1988 - Railroad bed eroded between Petoskey water treatment plant and Lake Michigan. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.33-176.75 05Charlevoix.jpg (84KB) Charlevoix - 1988 - mouth of channel, elaborate shore protection structures protecting condos. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.4-176.65 swinehart01.jpg (11KB) swinehart02.jpg (11KB) swinehart03.jpg (56KB) Stickney Ridge near Grand Haven, MI - July 1990. Credit: Carol Swinehart, MI Sea Grant
176.508-176.595 mckinney08.jpg (79KB) Ganges Twp., Allegan Co., MI - May 3, 1978. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.6-177.29 26WGTB.jpg (215KB) Grand Traverse West Bay - 1987 - Winter Protection. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.6-177.29 10Manistee.jpg (188KB) Manistee, MI - 1987. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.65-176.77 mckinney09.jpg (64KB) Moran Township, Mackinac County, MI - Sec. 25, Brevort Demo Erosion Project - October 31, 1976. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.70-177.55 mckinney11.jpg (73KB) Magoon Creek Nature Reserve, Manistee County, MI - 1985. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.72-177.38 04Northport.jpg (173KB) Northport Point, Leelanau County, MI - 1985 High Water. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.73-177.36 17GT.jpg (151KB) Grand Traverse, MI - 1985 - Revealed by high water erosion - pipe placed under beach at lower levels. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.73-177.36 19AntrimCity.jpg (196KB) Antrim County, MI - 1985 - Lake Michigan site, Innovative idea of beach stairs - stairs were moveable as the eroded bluff receded. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.73-177.36 20TC.jpg (179KB) Traverse City, MI - 1985 - River Walk Underwater. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.77-177.36 21MannisteeLake.jpg (147KB) Manistee Lake - 1985 - Wave Attenuation tire barrier. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.8-177.9 swinehart04.jpg (43KB) swinehart05.jpg (71KB) Northport, MI - 1986. Credit: Kurt Byers, MI Sea Grant
176.82-177.66 mckinney13.jpg (70KB) Traverse City, MI - 1986 - Boardman River Walk, Underwater. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.82-177.66 mckinney15.jpg (71KB) West Grand Traverse Bay, MI - July 1986 - Titled "Fort of Grand Traverse" indicative of a homeowner's courageous fight against the raging lake. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.82-177.66 mckinney16.jpg (67KB) Grand Traverse Bay, West Bay, MI - 1986 - Erosion Mitigation Project - "Bring on the quarried rocks" - quarried rock from Lake Huron being placed on Lake Michigan shore site. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant.
176.82-177.66 mckinney17.jpg (51KB) Traverse City, MI - East Bay - 1986 - High water revealed a septic pipe illegally placed. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant.
176.82-177.67 mckinney14.jpg (65KB) Beaver Island, St. James Fish House - 1986 - Commercial Fisherman's Fish House raised and moved. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.82-177.67 09BeaverIsland.jpg (194KB) Beaver Island - 1986 - Foghorn Building at lighthouse. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.82-177.67 12BeaverIsland.jpg (202KB) Beaver Island - 1986. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.83-176.66 mckinney04.jpg (77KB) Shoreham, MI - 12/1953 - Groins near US 12. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.94-177.21 swinehart13.jpg (43KB) Grand Traverse Bay - West Arm - June 1987. Credit: Carol Swinehart, MI Sea Grant.
176.94-177.65 mckinney10.jpg (48KB) M-22 South of Arcadia, Bar Lake, MI - 1986. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.95-177.35 mckinney23.jpg (52KB) US Rt. 2, Moran Township, Mackinac County, MI - Fall of 1973 - Part of 'Michigan Sea Grant Demonstration Erosion Control Program'. Credit: SG Technical Report #55 (Feb. 1977)
176.98-177.59 16WGTB.jpg (213KB) West Grand Traverse Bay - 1986 - Residential protection. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.98-177.59 13WestGTBay.jpg (155KB) Traverse City, MI West Bay - 1986 - Beach at high water. West Grand Traverse Bay - 1986 - Residential protection. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.98-177.59 07TCWestBay.jpg (144KB) Traverse City, MI West Bay - 1986 - Beach at high water. West Grand Traverse Bay - 1986 - Residential protection. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
176.985-177.075 mckinney07.jpg (34KB) Lincoln Twp., Berrien Co., MI - 4/20/1976 - Z wall, Note settling - part of MSG Demostration Erosion Project. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.00-177.55 swinehart17.jpg (53KB) Ogden Dunes, IN - April 1986. Credit: Carol Swinehart, MI Sea Grant
177.01-177.20 mckinney03.jpg (65KB) Traverse City, MI - Bakers Acres Resort - 10/17/1952. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.03-177.19 mckinney06.jpg (64KB) Covert Twp., Van Co., MI - 6/4/1975. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.03-177.58 01Manistee.jpg (213KB) Manistee - 1986 - Setback - Moving house back from bluff edge. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.13  Demeur5.jpg (38KB) Egg Harbor, Door County WI. 1985. Credit: Christopher Demeur.
177.22-177.33 mckinney02.jpg (53KB) Traverse City, MI - Bakers Acres - Early Summer 1952 - Hyd. Sand Fill. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.29-177.33 mckinney01.jpg (48KB) South Haven, MI - July 1952 - Erosion Rings. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.35-177.65 swinehart14.jpg (47KB) Stickney Ridge - near Grand Haven, MI - October 1986. Credit: Carol Swinehart, MI Sea Grant
177.42-177.58 27WGTB.jpg (174KB) Grand Traverse Bay - October 1986 - Offshore Breakwater Demonstration site adjacent to Harbor West Condo Village. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.42-177.58 25HarborWestCondoVillage.jpg (181KB) Grand Traverse Bay - October 1986 - Offshore Breakwater Demonstration site adjacent to Harbor West Condo Village. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant
177.42-177.58 24HarborWest ManninVillage.jpg (197KB) Grand Traverse Bay - October 1986 - Offshore Breakwater Demonstration site adjacent to Harbor West Condo Village - A mold for making pre-cast cement breakwater structures. Credit: John McKinney, MI Sea Grant

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