By Tim Kowols
The highest water levels on Lake Michigan in two decades are keeping major costs away for the Washington Island Ferry. A cloudy fall season, higher than usual water temperatures, and a wet spring are all to thank for lake levels rebounding from record lows in January 2013 according to the Chicago Tribune. This means the Washington Island Ferry does not have to spend the money dredging the hard clay at the island port and the limestone bedrock in Northport. Ferry President Hoyt Purinton says those dollars add up quickly, which would cost the line twenty times what is to dredge a river.
Purinton says they have not had to resort to dredging at their ports in the last four to five years. Last Friday marked another service increase for the Washington Island Ferry, which will now do 22 roundtrips daily through Labor Day weekend in addition to extra night trips Friday through Sunday.