April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives
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It’s no secret that we’ve been deluged with high water around the Old Mission Peninsula shoreline this year, but it’s always good to remember that water levels are generally guaranteed to cycle back and forth (so far anyway).

As Mark Breederland from Michigan Sea Grant mentioned at the Shoreline Workshop this week, some of the lowest water levels recorded on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron took place seven years ago in 2013.

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In fact, seven years seems to be a magic number when it comes to water levels rising and falling. At least, in the collective 126 years since Tim and I have been on the Old Mission Peninsula. I guess we’ll find out in the year 2026, when we see what the water levels are like then.

These photos at Mission Point Lighthouse, from the Solomonson archives, were taken in April 2000. No high water to be found anywhere.

April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula
April 2000: Low water levels at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Solomonson Family Archives

Here’s a similar photo from 1998, courtesy of Tina Shoemaker.

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Mission Point Lighthouse, Circa 1998 | Tina Shoemaker Photo

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