Debris

LARRY NOWACZYK | Submitted photo

The U.S. Coast Guard boat pulls debris out of the channel that connects Pere Marquette Lake and Lake Michigan recently.

Floating and partially-submerged debris is making navigation of the Ludington channel a bit tricky and dangerous.

“The high water levels has created an abundance of debris in the water,” said Jim Myjak, station manager at U.S. Coast Guard Station Ludington. “We’ll continue to monitor it (as we go on).”

Myjak said the levels have risen so much that docks in the waters of 554-acre Pere Marquette Lake and along the Lake Michigan shoreline have broken apart and been sent afloat. Also, large clumps of earth and shrubs have been set adrift into the waters, too.

“These hazardous conditions are something ... we haven’t seen in recent years,” said Myjak, who cautioned boaters to “... maintain low speeds and a good lookout” of the waters they are traveling. He also said boaters can get updated reports about the conditions of area waters by monitoring channel 16 VHF.

Myjak said boaters also should “create no wakes,” a slowed-speed course of action that would keep waters from beating dangerously against docks and the water’s edge.

The record-setting rise in waters, he said, has been “... deteriorating the tops of the more prevalent land masses.”

Myjak said Coast Guard personnel from Ludington have towed some of the debris to shore. Coast Guard personnel also said that while debris in the Ludington waters have, at times, become a navigational nightmare, waters in the Manistee and Pentwater areas do not appear to be as cluttered.

Forecasters say the waters could still rise another two inches this summer.

The Managing Editor for the Ludington Daily News since June 2018 and on the staff since Oct. 2011, taking over for legendary Lloyd Wallace. Previously with The Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and the Tuscola County Advertiser in Caro.