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St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach Reopens; 23 Michigan Beaches Still Closed Due To Bacteria

July 13, 2018 - 1:53 pm
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ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - There's good news and bad news for beach goers ahead of another balmy summer weekend in Michigan. 

As of Friday, July 13, a total of 23 beaches are closed statewide due to high levels of bacteria in the water, down from a solid two dozen late last month. 

A bright spot is Macomb County, which St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach -- which had been shut down due to e. coli in the water -- is back open after tests found it's safe the swim. Note that Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach, aka "Metro Beach", which has been a trouble spot in the past, is also in good shape. 

Most of the affected beaches closed at this time are located in Upper Peninsula, which experienced heavy rains and severe flooding in recent weeks, but a few are downstate. 

Here's the latest list of CLOSED Michigan beaches as of July 13: 

  • Kiwassee Lake - Stratford Woods Park Beach    Midland
  • Lake Gogebic - Bergland Township Park    Ontonagon
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Houghton City 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 - Agate Beach    Houghton
  • Scotch Lake - Scotch Lake Residents    Oakland
  • Newburgh Lake - Newburgh and Sumac Pointes - Hines Park    Wayne
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron - Singing Bridge Beach    Arenac
  • Bobcat Lake - Bobcat    Gogebic
  • Copper Harbor - Lighthouse Overlook    Keweenaw
  • Torch Lake - Dreamland Camp    Houghton
  • Rice Lake - Rice Lake    Houghton
  • Lake Roland - Twin Lakes State Park    Houghton
  • Gratiot Lake - Gratiot Lake    Keweenaw
  • White Lake - Maple Park    Muskegon
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Hancock City Beach    Houghton
  • Pike Bay at Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Chassell Beach    Houghton
  • Keweenaw Bay / Lake Superior - L'Anse Waterfront Park    Baraga
  • Silver Spring Lake - Silver Spring Lake    Wayne
  • Lake Superior - Public Shoreline Beach-Misery Bay    Ontonagon

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 at WWJNewsradio.com and at this link.

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