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Lake Superior could set highest recorded water level in 30 years this summer

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Water levels in the Great Lakes are on track to be the highest they’ve been in over 30 years.

The Army Corps of Engineers says if their projections hold, this summer could see the highest water levels in Lake Superior since the 1980s.

Keith Kompoltowicz is with the Army Corps of Engineers. He said the all-time high for the lake is 603 feet. Currently, Lake Superior is at 602 feet.

“If we were to see, and I’m talking record wet conditions over the next six months, Lake Superior could set record highs in the June and July time frame.”

One inch of water on Lake Superior is 550 billion gallons.

Kompoltowicz said the high water levels could be good for recreation but might not be such a good thing for homeowners along the shore.

“So you have the potential for increased shoreline erosion and damage to structures due to increased wave action.”

Kompoltowicz said it’s unlikely Lakes Michigan and Huron will set a record water level this year.