How Low Will Lake Erie Go?

Put-in-Bay harbor water levels change daily, but this November has seen some dramatic swings.  The OSU Gibraltar Classcam presents a stunning look at the rocky bar which protrudes from Gibraltar Island.  The panoramic view below offers a look from the Miller Boat Line’s village dock.  What is often called “alligator reef,” now seems more like a new pond in development.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, “as of October 7th, 2022, Lake Erie’s water level is forecast to be 572.08 feet. This is now 5 inches less than the recorded lake level last month but 13 inches less than what was recorded in the previous year. This is 22inches less than the record high water level in 1986 and 42 inches higher than the lowest record set in 1934. Over the next month, Lake Erie is expected to decrease by 4 inches.”

Gale Force Winds and Low Water Return

URGENT – MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
245 PM EST Tue Nov 29 2022

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY

LOW WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM EST THURSDAY

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM EST THURSDAY

For the Gale Warning, west winds 25 to 35 knots with
gusts up to 40 knots and waves 3 to 6 feet expected.

For the Small Craft Advisory, southwest winds 20 to 30 knots with gusts
up to 35 knots and waves 2 to 5 feet expected.

For the Low Water Advisory, abnormally low water levels expected.

* WHERE…The nearshore waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay to
Vermilion OH.

* WHEN…For the Gale Warning, from 10 AM Wednesday to 4 AM EST
Thursday. For the Small Craft Advisory, from 10 PM this
evening to 10 AM EST Wednesday. For the Low Water Advisory,
from 10 AM Wednesday to 4 AM EST Thursday.

* IMPACTS…Strong winds will cause hazardous waves which could
capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility. Below normal
water levels will result in hazardous navigating conditions.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Water levels will fall below the critical
mark for safe navigation, which is low water datum of zero
inches, by late Wednesday morning. Water levels will peak near
24 inches below low water datum Wednesday evening before
gradually rising late Wednesday night.