If you’re headed to Haserot Beach this summer, here’s a little public service announcement that there’s really not a lot of beach there. In fact, there’s not a lot of beach anywhere on the Old Mission Peninsula right now.
The water levels are super high at the moment, so much of Haserot Beach is underwater. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that water levels in the Great Lakes will reach a record high this year.
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But having lived here my entire life and seeing the water levels cycle high and cycle low over the years, I predict that they’ll go back down again. That’s what the NOAA says, too.
“When I began my career in 1986, the lakes were at record high levels,” said Deborah Lee, director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. “Since then, they have experienced record lows and now have returned to record highs. The lesson for us is that the lake levels will continue to fluctuate and we need to be prepared for that variability.”
It wasn’t that long ago that we had a trail of land about a half-mile long going into West Bay in front of Mission Point Lighthouse. We will again at some point.
Here’s a photo from Old Mission Gazette roving photographer Curt Peterson of the high water in West Bay. Taken from Peninsula Drive at Gray Road, you can see that much of this dock is under water.