They don't call Michigan the Great Lakes State for nothing. We seem to have it all in terms of water, and that includes a lot of great local beaches. Chris Monroe posted an article about Michigan beaches that are currently contaminated or closed - luckily for us none of those beaches are local.

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When I was a kid my parents took us most often to Silver Lake Park in Linden. There was and still is a great beach for swimming, a play area, pavilions for parties, picnic tables, grills and a concession stand.

We also went to Byram Park, which has since been renamed to Clover Beach, also in Linden. As you can see my parents were not much into traveling. The closer the beach, the better as far as they were concerned.

All kidding aside, you do not have to travel far from Genesee County,  Lapeer County or Oakland County to enjoy fun in the sun. Who want to drive two or three plus hours when we have plenty of spots to swim locally.

Here are a few that come to mind,

  • Seven Lakes State Park in Holly
  • Bluebell Beach in Flint
  • Oxford Beach in Charter Township
  • Zemmer Park in Columbiaville

So that is obviously a very short list. Maybe I didn't name your favorite spot, if not feel free to share. Not everyone has the luxury of a destination summer vacation, so all of your suggestions will be beneficial for a lot of local families.

Life's a beach, let's get out there and enjoy it.

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