7/9/21 - 16 beaches across Michigan closed, under advisories for high bacteria

16 Michigan beaches under a health advisory, are currently closed. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

(Mlive) - Before packing a cooler, speakers, sand toys and an umbrella and heading to your local beach, check this list of 16 beaches that are currently closed or under contamination advisories for high bacteria levels.

Heavy rains during the past week likely contributed to contamination at several sites.

The notifications are made as part of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Beach Guard system. Each beach’s status is subject to change as new test results come in. To see an up-to-date map of the red-flagged beaches and details on the water quality tests, check the Beach Guard website here.

The Beach Guard site gives the public information on beach water quality across the state. It includes water sampling results and daily updates on which beaches are under advisories or have been closed. The data covers 1,224 public beaches and 575 private ones.

Here are the 16 closures and advisories:

  • Park Lake, Bath Township Park Lake Beach, Clinton County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since June 15 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Crooked Lake, Independence Oaks County Park, Oakland County – CLOSED since June 29 due to high bacteria levels from storm water runoff. The beach was also closed from June 23-25 for the same reason.
  • Ross Lake, Beaverton City Park, Gladwin County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since June 30 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron, Brissette Beach Township Park, Bay County – CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron, South Linwood Beach Township Park, Bay County – CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Lake Michigan, Laketown Township Park, Allegan County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from storm water runoff.
  • Lake Michigan, Oval Beach, Allegan County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since July 7 due to high bacteria levels from storm water runoff.
  • Kiwassee Lake, Stratford Woods Park Beach, Midland County – CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from storm water runoff. The beach was also closed from June 18-23 for the same reason.
  • Cedar River, Gladwin City Park, Gladwin County - CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source. The beach was also under an advisory on June 23 for the same reason.
  • Houghton Lake, Denton Township Public Beach, Roscommon County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Pike Bay at Portage Canal/Lake Superior, Chassell Beach, Houghton County – CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.
  • Handsome Lake, Crossroads For Youth, Oakland County – CLOSED since July 7 due to high bacteria levels from stormwater runoff. The beach was also closed from June 29-July 6 and June 22-23 for the same reason.
  • Pontiac Lake, Pontiac Recreation Area, Oakland County – CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from runoff. The beach was also closed on June 30 for the same reason.
  • Cass Lake, Willow Beach St./Keego Harbor City Beach, Oakland County - CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from stormwater runoff. The beach was also closed on June 22 for the same reason.
  • Walnut Lake, Bloomfield Square Beach Association, Oakland County - CLOSED since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from stormwater runoff. The beach was also closed from June 10-14 (wildlife) and 22-23 (stormwater runoff).
  • Lake St. Clair, St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach, Macomb County – CONTAMINATION ADVISORY since July 8 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source. The beach was closed for the same reason from June 29-July 7, and June 15 and 17-23. It was under an advisory for the same reason from June 24-28.

 

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