The levels on Lake Ontario
are way down though from the US Army Corp of Engineer
figures not at record
low, they show the low as being 242 in 1934 and currently it is shown at 243.8. We had to plow through mud to get into our winter storage
place, and at the marina we used to be at there are many new boats showing up for storage
that can't get into their own marinas
. It dropped very quickly over the summer, their figures show it was 245.8 on August 1 but we noticed it going down fast that month. I've heard they're releasing water for freighter navigation
downstream in the St. Lawrence and also to keep power generation up, I have no idea whether either of those is correct or not.
There is a lot of hoohah flying about Lake Huron/Georgian Bay, cottagers associations in G. Bay are blaming dredging of the St. Clair river for lowering water levels to record
lows. The US Army Corp shows the record low as being 576.3 in 1964 and it is currently at 576.6 so pretty close to the bottom. Superior is at 601 on a record low of 600.4 in 1925.
Levels seem to still be dropping even though we've been getting rain lately. Since 2001 were we live we have only had 2 years with anything near normal rainfall. This year we had 8 solid weeks without a drop of rain in the summer, ponds and groundwater levels are down at least 3 feet. Our snowfall is way off as well, they are predicting a more normal winter this year, hopefully that means lots of snow but usually it's as likely to be freezing rain instead of snow.
I'll refrain from speculating as to why and will go on the theory that it's just part of the cycle and will come back up. And hope like crap that's correct.