Mother nature has not been kind to Michgan lately. Blistering cold temps kept many indoors, locked up rivers in tombs of ice, and made for a generally miserable winter season. A combination of massive snowpack, spring rains, and warm temps led to many of the northern Michigan rivers surpassing their floodstage levels this past week. The Muskegon River at Evart exceeded it’s previous 15 foot record high level set in 1989 by nearly a foot.
USGS Graph of the Muskegon River below Croton Dam. Note the median levels depicted in yellow triangles at the bottom compared to actual levels that crested near 15,000 cfs.
Image of Croton Dam with all gates open this past week
New Bridge in the town of Newaygo with a pontoon boat jammed against the far bank. My drift boat passes under this bridge all summer with fishermen casting at the pilings (to give a sense of the river’s height here)
House near the tire hole
The good news is that once this water clears we will be into quality fishing. There will be many docks to replace, homes to dry out, and boats to recover in the coming weeks. If you decide to venture as this water clears realize the the rivers have likely changed quite a bit.