this was a letter to the editor in the Erie Times news yesterday:
The water level of Lake Erie has taken its toll on Presque Isle. Earlier this spring, I was in shock as I took my first of many drives around the peninsula and saw flooding and water damage to many parts of the multi-purpose trail and many of my favorite hiking trails. But, like many others, I put my trust in the “experts” who are in charge of the park and awaited the day when the park would no longer be a murky and dreary swamp. Fast-forward a couple of months and many car rides later and not much has changed.
What’s being done about the water levels? Well, supposedly, they are watching it. This must mean there’s a plan in place if things get worse. At Discover Presque Isle, I found out that this is not the case after having a discussion about the rising water levels with a park ranger. The ranger was very informative in telling me what they have tried to help contain water levels, but these temporary solutions yielded no results. When asked if there was a plan in place if the lake level continues to rise over the next few years, he said no, there is no plan. When asked if the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was concerned about the future of the state park, he replied they were concerned but there is nothing they can do. I was very disheartened to hear this.
Why isn’t the DCNR working to develop a solution so this state park can continue to thrive and be enjoyed by all for years to come? Have they forgotten they are the DCNR that is charged with maintaining and protecting our state parks? Hopefully years and generations from now there will still be a Presque Isle to discover.
All they have to do is dig a big hole on one side of the park. The hole fills up with water and creates a lake. Water levels drop at other spots. Then Presque Isle will make the list of parks having lakes and water levels will lower. Anyone could have figured this one out.
Kind of like the letter a Park Warden told me about in Yellowstone. Lady sent them a letter complaining that the bears needed to be better trained. She thought the bears should be trained to come into the camp grounds to photo better.
I was there last week. Water is higher than I ever saw it. One source said 31 inches, another said 39 inches higher than normal. Over the last 2 years a lot of beach was lost due to erosion from storms.
The water level will straighten itself out, beaches will need a bunch of attention to make them useable again. Still the best state park in the state IMO.