Green means the beach’s most recent test results met relevant water quality standards.
Red means the beach’s most recent test results failed to meet water quality standards.
Grey means water quality information for the beach is too old (more than 7 days old) to be considered current, or that info is unavailable, or unreliable.
When swimming season is over or when a beach's water quality data has not been updated frequently enough (weekly) it goes into historical status. This means that rather than displaying current data it displays the beach's average water quality for that year.
Green means the beach passed water quality tests 95% of the time or more.
Yellow means the beach passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time.
Red means the beach failed water quality tests 40% of the time or more.
We may manually set the status for a specific beach if we have concerns about the sampling protocol, if there is an emergency, if monitoring practices don't exist or have recently changed, or other reasons that render this site "special."
Green means the beach has historically excellent or pristine water quality, but there is no current data.
Red means the water at the site has water quality issues or there is an emergency.
Grey means there is no current water quality information, the beach is under construction, there has been an event that has rendered water quality information unreliable or unavailable.
See the beach description for more information regarding their special status.
Swim Guide wants to help you find the best beaches in Michigan for the month of August. We have put together a list of beaches that Swim Guide recommends based on their consistent excellent water quality (they passed water quality test more than 95% of the time in 2017), and the beaches’ popularity with our users.
All of the beaches listed below passed 100% of recreational water quality tests for the year of 2017. We’ve also confirmed that these beaches are open this summer.
Glenwood Beach is on Lake Charlevoix, and is one of Michigan’s top fishing spots. Picnic tables, fire pits, decks, and gas grills are available. There is a sandy beach and a long dock where you can tie your boat up. This beach is located close to Boyne Mountain and to Young State Park.
Warren Dunes Beach runs along three miles of Lake Michigan’s gorgeous shoreline. Visitors can swim and picnic on the beach. Other activities include six miles of hiking trail near by. The dune formation rises 240 feet above the lake. You can view the Chicago skyline from the top of Tower Hill sand dune.
Silver Beach is found within Silver Beach Couty Park, which offers play areas, a guarded swimming area, volleyball, pier fishing, a ½ mile walkway, and picnic shelters that can be reserved. Many outdoor concerts take place in this park during the summer. There is an entrance fee for the park and pets must be kept on a leash.
Bass Lake Outlet Beach has a shallow swimming area where the little ones can play, as well as an open beach with waves. You can reach the Outlet by boat. You will have your choice of resorts to stay at near the beach.
Sleeping Bear Dunes-Esch Road Beach is found at the mouth of Otter Creek. Wildflowers flourish on the banks of the creek. The water here is warm and perfect for wading. Restroom facilities and parking are available.
Arenac County Park & Beach is located off of Rumsey Road and facilities includes rental cabins, day-use park with picnic tables, grills, volleyball, horseshoes and 900 feet of sandy beach. For August 2017, entry fees are $5 daily for vehicles of county residents, $7 for non-county residents and $3.00 for motorcycles and bicycles. A season pass is $40 season pass per car. For more information the Arenac County website.
Stony Lake Channel Beach is situated at the point where the Stony Lake Channel joins Lake Michigan. It is a great beach for swimming and fishing, and popular with families. There is a small launch ramp on the inlet.
Arcadia Park Beach is located close to the Arcadia Campground Marina, which offers camping and boating at reasonable prices. The campgrounds feature tent and RV sites with full hook-up. The beach is clean and sandy, and has a playground area and shower facilities.s
Sanilac County is located less than two hours from Detroit and 30 miles north of Port Huron. As part of Michigan’s Thumb, the county is home to 42 miles of lakeshore. Lexington Beach is located in the Village of Lexington, a small harbor community along the shores of Lake Huron.
Bessinger Road beach is located at West Bessinger Road and U.S.23. Au Gres is located in eastern Arenac County along the Au Gres River, a few miles from Saginaw Bay and the Lake Huron shoreline. French explorers referred to the area as having “gritty stone,” hence the name Au Gres. A public boat launch operated by the Michigan DNR provides access to Saginaw Bay and walleye, bass, and perch fishing opportunities.