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Michigan Beach Recommendations

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Michigan Beach Recommendations

I'll be traveling to Michigan in late July early August and I'd love to spend some time at a nice beach. I'd love clear water, but also want to be able to swim. I'm from Arizona and cold water is not something I can handle. :-) I

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1. Re: Michigan Beach Recommendations

Hello mykittyroo,

Could you narrow down what area of Michigan you would like to visit.

Michigan has over 3,200 miles of shoreline and over 11,000 inland lakes.

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Yes, definitely. The places I am looking at visiting are; Grand Haven, Traverse City, Petoskey, St. Ignace, Mackinac, Lake St. Clair, and anything near Pictured Rocks.

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3. Re: Michigan Beach Recommendations

The water will be cold, its always cold

I like st joe, holland, ludington and sleeping bear

Grand haven is also popular

i love mackinac but not for beaches

Edited: 04 June 2012, 02:44
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The farther south you go along the lake shore, the less shockingly cold the water will be. And the later in the season, the warmer the water gets. And it can vary from day to day, sometimes, depending on the weather, and if cold bottom water is churning up and rolling in to shore.

St. Joe, Holland (Holland State Park and Tunnel Park), Grand Haven. That stretch will be your best bet. SLeeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City are lovely places. I highly recommend them. And Pictured Rocks, fabulous! But you will not enjoy swimming there, especially in Lake Superior. Or perhaps, once you have gotten acclimated to the southern shore beaches, the northern ones won't seem to shocking.

That said, it is all a matter of adjustment, getting used to the temperature. I've gone swimming in some pretty cold water. On a hot day, the sun warms you and makes the cold water more tolerable, even delightful and comfortable...once you dive in and scream. I have even found that, in very cold water, I will initially have difficulty getting in to me knees, will come out and stand on the shore for a few minutes, warm back up and then go back in. For some reason, the water feels less cold and I am able to dive in. But it is the slow entry that will get you. You'll do better as an all or none. Dive and scream.

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5. Re: Michigan Beach Recommendations

Thanks everyone! This definitely helped me better on an a basic itinerary. :-)

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my husband and i are thinking of going to michigan in august. we have never been to the great lakes (any of them). he likes to fish...i like to explore. we both like history. any ideas? also kicking around minnesota or the south carolina lowlands. have been to none of these places...

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7. Re: Michigan Beach Recommendations

The big lake isn't THAT cold! If there's an easterly wind (we have prevailing southwesterlies) the warm surface water blows away from shore, making for some "exciting" swims. On the other hand, if we have warm southerlies or southwesterlies the water can warm up to as much as the mid 70s or even an occasional 80.

I highly recommend Grand Haven as one of your stops. You can take the boardwalk and walk all the way from downtown to the end of the pier or even south along the beach. On the way are restaurants with outdoor decks and small shops. There are also many places to just sit and people watch. One thing you'll want to avoid, unless you like crowds, is our annual Coast Guard festival. This year the crowds will be at their largest from July 30 to August 4. If you can get here prior to or after those dates you'll be fine.

Enjoy your trip around our state. You'll love wherever you visit.

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Wow, I'm not that hardy, but don't consider most of Michigan beaches as cold as many of the posters seem to indicate (except for topfan). As a kid I used to go in Superior and it would take forever to get my nerve up to swim. As an adult over the past 4 years or so it has been warm (for Superior, and I'm talking Keeweeneaw here), probably low 70's to 75. Michigan and Huron in late July are going to be high 70's or so, so use that as your gauge. To the poster looking at South Carolina lowlands - I lived in Beaufort for 6 years and it's a lovely area (especially since it's easy driving to Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston), but I hope you don't mean August - hot, hot, hot. If you just mean you want to go, then I would suggest late Sept/early Oct or even better, head down in late March or early April and it's really lovely with spring flowers..

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check out these links to see what the big Lakes are doing:

http://surfgrandhaven.com/cms/

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/

it is a BIG mistake to say lake michigan is always cold.... as mentioned, the east shore, along michigan can easily reach the mid 70's by july and august, and the upper 70's, even 80 isn't out of the question in the lower half.... and, if the air temps are in the 90's and humid, believe me, 70 degree water is ultimately refreshing!!

lake michigan is clear, especially up north, but lake superior is crystal clear in most areas....

given the choice of visiting the great lakes or south carolina? great lakes all the way, no question.... and, i've never been to south carolina!!

some more links to help you plan:

http://www.beachtowns.org/

http://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/

http://www.mackinacisland.org/

www.michiganhighways.org/other/lmct.html

http://www.ssbadger.com/home.aspx

http://www.nps.gov/piro/index.htm

http://www.uptravel.com/

http://www.soolocks.com/index.phtml

http://www.lakesuperiorphoto.com/

michigan.org/Things-to-Do/…

http://www.michiganwines.com/

gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/maps/greatlake…

Edited: 10 June 2012, 06:09
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10. Re: Michigan Beach Recommendations

I dont keep track of the lake temperature but if you notice it close to 80 send me a message, id love to experience it ;)

Its always feels cold to me lol