Lake Michigan swimmers beware…high risk of beach hazard

WEST MICHIGAN – One of the biggest weekends of the whole year for boaters and beachgoers is upon us and the weather will be great! That said, there are dangers on Lake Michigan that you need to be aware of if your plans take you there. First, NOTICE TO SMALL BOATS are in effect for the entire shore of the lake for boaters with southerly wind speeds of around 10-20, possibly as high as 15-25 mph.

For beach lovers, a HIGH RANGE RISK the risk exists north of Grand Haven through Muskegon and Oceana counties. Swimming is not advised in these areas due to high wave action, possible rip currents, inshore currents and structural currents along jetties and jetties…especially on the south sides of these structures. The waves will be around 3 to 5 feet!

A MODERATE RISK OF BEACH HAZARD exists from Saugatuck, through Holland to Grand Haven today with waves around 2-4 feet and SMALL BOAT ADVISORY also in effect. Again, rip currents, structural currents, and coastal currents are all possible. Caution should be exercised when bathing in these areas.

The safest places to swim in Lake Michigan today will be south of Saugatuck. Southerly winds on the lake will only generate wave heights of about one to three feet. It should also be noted that the water temperature is only between 40 and 50°C, so hypothermia can set in quickly if you spend time in the water. Please be careful!

We expect wind speeds to remain strong on Tuesday as well, so be sure to check for updated forecasts. Also be sure to pay close attention to the beach with the colored flags flying. Red flags mean no swimming, yellow flags mean exercise caution, and green flags are OK to swim.

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