Ensure you and your family stay safe this summer when visiting Michigan beaches.

As majestic as they are, the Great Lakes can be deadly for even the most experienced swimmers. The flags are there to help you! Make sure you do your part and learn their meanings:

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With the Memorial Day holiday behind us summer is "unofficially" here. In Michigan summer means backyard BBQs, outdoor festivals, and plenty of time spent on the water, of course.

I mean, Michigan is home to the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, after all! They don't call us a "Winter-Water Wonderland" for nothing.

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While I certainly hope that no one fears the Great Lakes, I implore you to always remain cautious and observant when enjoying any body of water. Above all else it is imperative to know weather conditions before you get into the water.


Many popular, public beaches in Michigan have offshore buoys that monitor conditions like water temperature, wave height, and windspeed and you can easily access that information online.

Take for example, The City of South Haven's "text-a-buoy" program which will send current weather conditions and alerts to you phone! The information is there; I suggest you use it.

Michigan's Great Lakes Flag Warning System

In addition to local municipalities Michigan state parks use a color-coded flag warning system to advise potential swimmers of current water conditions.The system is meant to keep swimmers safe. Learn their colors, and in some cases, their consequences.

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Street Art of Downtown South Haven

Public sculpture is growing in downtown South Haven.

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Michigan's Best Beaches 2024

Twenty beaches were in the running for "Best Michigan Beach" in a USA Today and 10best readers' poll. These glorious Michigan locations were chosen by a panel of experts and then it was put up to a public vote. check out the Top Ten Beaches in Michigan and then the ones that did not make the cut after that.

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