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23 Michigan Beaches Closed Due To High Bacteria Levels

July 09, 2018 - 10:34 am
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ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - Warmth and sunshine in the forecast will make it a great week to hit the beach -- but you'll want to check this list before you head out. 

As of Monday, July 9, a total of 23 beaches are closed statewide due to high levels of bacteria in the water. That's down from a solid two dozen in late June, but up a couple from last week. Most of the affected beaches are located in the Upper Peninsula, which experienced heavy rains and severe flooding in recent weeks, but a few are downstate. 

In Metro Detroit, a couple of beaches that had been shut down due to e. coli in the water are once again open this week -- including Macomb County's Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach, aka "Metro Beach" -- after tests found it's safe the swim. (Note that St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach remains closed).

Beach-goers should note that testing by the Michigan Department of Environmental quality is conducted at 1220 public beaches and 537 private beaches throughout the state all summer long, so it's a good idea to check back for updates.

Here's the latest list of CLOSED Michigan beaches as of July 9: 

  • Kiwassee Lake - Stratford Woods Park Beach    Midland
  • Lake St. Clair - St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach    Macomb
  • Lake Gogebic - Bergland Township Park    Ontonagon
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Houghton City Beach    Houghton
  • Lake Superior - McLain State Park Beach    Houghton
  • Lake Gogebic - Ontonagon County Park    Ontonagon
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Sandy Bottom Beach/ Dollar Bay    Houghton
  • Torch Lake / Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Lake Linden Campground Beach    Houghton
  • Lake Superior - Ontonagon Township Park and Campground    Ontonagon
  • Lake Superior - Agate Beach    Houghton
  • Scotch Lake - Scotch Lake Residents    Oakland
  • Bond Lake - Bond Falls Flowage    Ontonagon
  • Newburgh Lake - Newburgh and Sumac Pointes - Hines Park    Wayne
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron - Singing Bridge Beach    Arenac
  • Allen Lake - Fox Bay Civic Association    Oakland
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron - Foster Road Beach    Arenac
  • Bobcat Lake - Bobcat    Gogebic
  • Copper Harbor - Lighthouse Overlook    Keweenaw
  • Courtney Lake - Courtney Lake    Houghton
  • Torch Lake - Dreamland Camp    Houghton
  • Rice Lake - Rice Lake    Houghton
  • Steusser Lake - Steusser Lake    Ontonagon
  • Lake Medora - Lake Medora    Keweenaw

Michiganders can check on local beach conditions anytime at this link.