Low water in Great Lakes hampers boaters

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After a 12-month stretch of less-than-normal rain and snow, the bodies of Lake St. Clair and each of the Great Lakes are roughly a foot or more below their historical averages for this time of year, with forecasts of record lows in the coming months.

The levels have been down throughout the spring and summer, and now the lakes are beginning to see their seasonal decline — effectively making a bad situation worse. As a result, marinas that normally have no trouble getting boats in and out of the water are finding there isn't enough depth to do the job, according to The Detroit News.

Nick DiSalvio said he saw what was coming and decided not to wait for the worst. DiSalvio, 60, has a classic C&C sailboat that he docks in Harrison Township and found last week that it was getting close to being trapped in shallow water.

"I've never seen the Clinton River down this much, and I've been sailing out here for many, many years," DiSalvio told the paper. "I had to pull my boat already. I usually keep sailing up until right around Thanksgiving. So I'm losing about a month of sailing time this year."

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