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Porcupine Mountains park getting $550K in shoreline repairs

Posted at 2:33 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 20:37:33-04

SILVER CITY, MICH. — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is getting $550,000 in emergency shoreline repairs along a main entry road. reports the state says high water levels along Lake Superior and recent storm damage have caused erosion that's threatening County Road 107.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday.

Eric Cadeau, a regional field planner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, says the work aims to prevent visitors from needing to take an 80-mile detour to get to another park entry point. The state is teaming with the Ontonagon County Road Commission on the project.

High water levels on the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior, have been blamed for flooding and contributed to hazardous conditions along shorelines this year in the region.

Fox 47 Meteorologist Brett Collar said Lake Superior's water levels have raised over 8 inches above where averaging at this time last year.

Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are over 17 inches above average, Lake Erie 15 inches above average, and Lake Ontario comes in at over 31 inches above average, Collar said.

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