Great Lakes Water Levels Above Year-Ago Levels

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That appears to be good news for next summer's boaters and beach visitors.

According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers figures, the level on Lake Superior was seven inches above 2004 and one inch below its long-term average. For Lakes Michigan and Huron, the level was nine inches above 2004 and 10 inches below the long-term average.

Receding water had exposed weedy bottomlands that are valuable for wildlife, but a disappointment for beachgoers.

High water also translates to cash for the shipping industry, where higher water means more cargo and bigger profits.