Lake Superior

AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--    A little boy has been killed on the beach in AuTrain Township.

Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post say the incident happened Friday at about 12:40 p.m. at a roadside beach area just west of AuTrain.  An 11-year-old boy was digging in a sand dune embankment on Lake Superior when the sand collapsed on him.  

Troopers provided life saving measures along with officers from the Department of Natural Resources, the Alger County Sheriff’s Office and Alger EMS. The boy was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

MUNISING, MI--   A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer is being credited with saving the life of someone swimming in Lake Superior. 

Officer Mark Zitnik was on a boat on Munising Bay Saturday when he heard someone calling for help. Two swimmers had been wading in shallow water on a sandbar about 200 yards from him when they ended up in deep water with a strong current.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the shallowest of the Great Lakes hit the milestone in May, surpassing the previous peak set in 1986.

Lake Superior also reached its highest known level for the month of May, although it has been even higher at other times of year.

The Corps began measuring Great Lakes levels in 1918.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP)--   A new invasive species has turned up in Lake Superior, the bloody red shrimp.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer.

There are now documented findings of bloody red shrimp in all of the Great Lakes. They were first found in Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 2006.

Bloody red shrimp are native to Eastern Europe. Scientists say they may have reached Lake Superior in a ship's ballast water.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are cautioning people about venturing onto Lake Superior ice.

Officers say no ice is safe ice, and people need to heed the following information. 

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ST. PAUL, MN (AP)--   A study has found that the Great Lakes of Huron and Michigan have surpassed Lake Superior in water clarity. 

Minnesota Public Radio reports that scientists analyzed satellite images from 1998 to 2012 and found that the depth light could penetrate into the water increased by about 20 percent.

Scientists say less phosphorous runoff, climate change and an increase in invasive zebra and quagga mussels have contributed to the change.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Upper Peninsula nonprofit group has received a federal grant for a "green infrastructure" project intended to protect Lake Superior waters near Marquette.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the $288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership.

The project will relocate an open-channel drain in Marquette that discharges storm water across a public beach and into the lake. The drain's outfall will be moved to an adjacent wetland.

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Michigan man has died on a boating trip he was taking to pour his father's ashes into Lake Superior. 

WLUC-TV reports that 59-year-old Robert Louis died shortly after he and six other passengers fell out of their wooden kit boat near Au Train on Sunday.

Louis' brother, John Louis, says the group was out to honor the final wishes of the brothers' father, who died two weeks ago after battling Alzheimer's disease.

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police have released the name of a man who drowned Sunday in a boating accident in AuTrain Township. 

Troopers from the Munising detachment say Robert Louis, 59, of downstate Lake Orion drowned when the 19-foot wooden boat he and six others were in tipped over. Louis tried to swim for the boat and wasn’t seen again.

The others were rescued by a group in a pontoon boat in the area. The pontoon went back to where the accident occurred but couldn’t find Louis.

The Alger County Dive Team recovered his body Monday around 3 p.m.

UPDATE, 8/15/17:  Police say the group was not in a pontoon, but in a wooden boat. The six survivors were rescued by a group that was on a pontoon boat in the area.


UPDATE: Troopers say the body of the boater was recovered around 3:30 p.m. Monday near where the accident occurred. No other information is available at this time.