Safe Water for Swimming
Our Beach Monitoring Program evaluates the water quality along about 50 Great Lakes and Inland Lakes beaches annually, throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties.
Those who live on or near the lake, and seasonal tourists who visit and enjoy our beaches, have come to trust that the water is being monitored for their safety. The monitoring program has been successful in protecting public health and supporting the economic benefits of having clean, safe swimming areas.
During the summer months, HDNW sends out public beach advisories if a sample comes back with bacteria higher than is safe for partial or full body contact. Updates are also provided when a sample shows the bacteria level has returned to a safe level.
In addition to local samples, the public has real-time access to beach water quality results for beaches all over Michigan through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Information can be found at www.egle.state.mi.us/beach/.
2024 Weekly Beach Report Totals
Water Quality Index: Level 1 (0-300) Meets EGLE swimming standard for full body contact, Level 2 (301-1000) meets EGLE standard for wading/fishing/paddling BUT any contact above the waist not advised, Level 3 (>1000) exceeds EGLE standards and NO body contact is advised, and Level 4 (>1000+ Gross Contamination) High health alert for gross contamination of beach waters and all individuals advised to avoid contact with beach waters fully.
E. Coli Count Per 100ml
Water Quality Index