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Lake Michigan Infographic
Lake Michigan High Water Infographic

 

Fast Facts:

  • The Lake Michigan water level is running at near-record high thanks to a longer term wet pattern over the past two years.
  • Impacts of the high lake levels have been felt numerous times, with multiple lakeside flooding episodes in 2019 and a significant event for Chicago on January 11, 2020. There also have been several minor lake shore episodes in wind speeds that would not normally cause minor flooding but were assisted by high lake levels. This includes flooding of parts of the Chicago bike path.  For more on recent lakeshore flooding events, see the NWS Chicago Past Events Page.
  • The lake was near record low levels in early 2013, then in the past six plus years the water levels have increased six feet.
  • Lake level records at Calumet Harbor go back through 1903 and are based on monthly averages. The record was observed in October, 1986, which we are currently very close to.

 


 

 Photos & Videos:

Strong onshore wind events combined with high lake levels have resulted in lake shore flooding on the shores of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. Here a few of the photos:

 

Juneway Beach    


Juneway Beach
   


Whiting, IN
Photos of Juneway Beach in Rogers Park, IL (Cook County, north side of Chicago) from David Seal on Oct 31, 2019

 

Whiting, IN     Whiting, IN     Whiting, IN
Photos of Whiting, IN from Jerry Robert Smith on Oct 31, 2019

 

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Photos of Whiting, IN from Jerry Robert Smith on Nov 11, 2019

 

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Webcam view of wave action during Nov 30, 2019 Lakefront Bike Path at Schiller looking South Nov 30, 2019 Lakefront Bike Path at Schiller looking North on Nov 30, 2019
Two right photos of Chicago, IL from Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Nov 30, 2019

 








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Chicago, IL on Jan 11. Photo courtesy of Matt Zuro. Near South Shore Drive in Chicago, IL on Jan 11. Photo courtesy of Bill Snyder. Whihala Beach in Whiting, IN. Photo courtesy of Deb Mann.
Photos from January 11, 2020.

 

 

Lakeshore Flooding Videos

From Whiting Lakefront Park on November 11, 2019, courtesy of Jerry Robert Smith:

Video 1

Video 2

 

 


 

 Lake Level Change Maps via Satellite Imagery:

 

North Avenue Beach     North Avenue Beach     North Avenue Beach
North Avenue Beach

 

Oak Street Beach     Oak Street Beach     Oak Street Beach
Oak Street Beach

 

Ohio Street Beach     Ohio Street Beach     Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach

 

 


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