Where Did The Water Go

News Story From July 2003

Even after a record snowfall this past winter, water levels at Sunset Point Park in Collingwood have dropped from last year. These stairs (above) used to lead to the water’s edge.

Environment Canada’s LEVEL news publication says low water levels continue in the great lakes, but, all lakes appear to have started their annual seasonal rise. “After experiencing seasonal declines as much as twice their average amounts this past fall and winter, it apears that the Great Lakes are into their annual seasonal rise for 2003” it says. Daily levels on lakes Erie and Ontario increased 14 and 25 cm, respectively, during the last half of March. The publication says levels on all lakes remain well below their long-term average and lower than they were at the same time last year. This is obvious to Collingwood residents as the pictures of Sunset Point indicate. The monthly mean levels recorded this year on lakes Michigan-Huron, Erie and Ontario during February and March were the lowest they have been since 1965.
Environment Canada says water levels on each of the Great Lakes, except Lake Ontario, are expected to remain well below average and lower than they were during 2002. Water levels are predicted to be similar to, or lower than, those experienced during 2001. Near-record low levels on lakes Michigan-Huron and St. Clair are possible if dry conditions continue.

The low water levels along the southern Georgian Bay shoreline area also represent a challenge to recreational boaters. It appears as though a portion of Sunset Point will be closed to swimmers again this year. The water is so low, you can now get a good view of “Black Rock,” (below) now well above water and more visible than it has been since the mid 1960’s.

This was once a popular area for swimming at Sunset Point Park. It has been closed to swimmer’s for the past two years because of low water levels. Now, the water has gone.