Back in the fall of 2012 the water level on Lakes Huron, Michigan and Georgina Bay we at or close to record low levels and “Stop The Drop” signs were prevalent everywhere. The water level appeared to be in a free fall which was having a negative impact on both natural habitat such as wetlands as well as on commercial businesses such as marinas, waterfront resorts and others that depended on the lakes for their financial livelihood.
This year marks the 47th year that I have owned my cottage on Manitoulin Island so I have seen the water level fluctuate up and down through many cycles over the years. The pictures below was taken in 2013 when we had 35 or 40 feet of shoreline and every season we kept pushing the dock further and further out into the lake.
Below that are two photos I took yesterday (Canada Day) before I returned home. Shoreline that was bone dry a handful of years ago is now under upwards of 4 feet or more under water. My dock which is over 50 feet long is made of light weight aluminium and on wheels so it is very easy to move around. It is taken in every fall and installed on the spring. The water level is now at the highest level I have seen in my lifetime. How high it goes is anyone’s guess and will be determined by nature, not man.
As both a long term waterfront property owner and a real estate Broker, I have a lot of experience with respect to waterfront property ownership and the various regulations that government this type of property and the improvements that you can and cannot make. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to Contact Me and I would be happy to share my knowledge with you no matter what the purpose or need.