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How are the water levels in the Mississippi? In Metro Detroit we have very low water. Many people have hit rocks and many boat launches have shut down because of low water levels. There has been some talk in local forums that a pipe line from Lake Mich. runs to the Mississippi and is to be the cause of low levels. The only great lake that has sustained its water level is ontario. What are your thoughts?

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the only path I know of btwn Lake Michigan and the river is the Illinios river which runs thru that state. (connected the last bit of the north end by the canal) but that comes in way south of minnesota (about 20 miles north of St Louis). The levels are low but better than this summer as we got some rain in the fall.

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While the water levels were down, they can only go down so far as the USACE controlls the water levels. I beleive they try to maintain a 9 foot shipping channel to St. Paul.

With the lock and dam system they can maintain water levels and reduce the flow if they have too. This is what I had trouble working around in August. I started to find that without the flow, some walleyes were suspended in the main channel chasing baitfish.

Now the flows and water levels are at about normal. Hopefully they stay this way through winter.

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Let me make sure I understand this. The river is shallow with the deepest part 9-10 fow? Are there any charts online of this section of the river?

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No, the shallowest areas in the main channel will be 9 feet deep. Most of the river is about 15-20 feet deep.

USACE Maps

I fish the water on maps 15-21. We call it Pool 4

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