Play it safe

Beach and water safety are an important part to your vacation.  Be prepared and know what to expect.  Lake Michigan is big and beautiful but many do not realize it is a fresh water ocean.  Rip currents can and do occur.  Make sure you, your friends and family know how to handle themselves if caught in a rip current.  Some parks offer the flag system but the best protection is being aware of the water conditions and  knowledgeable about what to do in case of an emergency.

Water and Wave Forecast

Beach winds:
Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

1 to 3 feet.

Updated: Thursday 4/9/2020 @ 12:31 (Source: NWS Surfcast)

Swim Hazard Risk

LOW: A low risk of swimming hazards implies that large waves and strong currents are not expected along the shore.

Updated: Thursday 4/9/2020 @ 12:31 (Source: NWS Surfcast)

Weather Forecast

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 11pm. Widespread dense fog before 2am. Low around 37. West northwest wind 7 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Thursday Night:
A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 38. Breezy, with a northwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Updated: Thursday 4/9/2020 @ 12:31 (Source: NOAA Point Forecast)

Bacteria Warnings


Updated: Thursday 4/9/2020 @ 12:31 (Source: Michigan BeachGuard System)

UV Index Forecast

Updated: Thursday 4/9/2020 @ 12:31 (Source: EPA SunWise)

GLERL Nowcast

Nowcast Windspeed Nowcast Water Temperature Nowcast Water Currents

GLERL Forecast

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