Thorne Swift Preserve

West Traverse, Michigan

For a great place to get away from it all, visit the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, a 30-acre wildlife sanctuary that boasts a small but pristine public beach along sparkling Lake Michigan waters. Located just 3.5 miles north of Harbor Springs, between Lower Shore Drive and the lake, this park offers many amenities including 1.5 miles of trails (which feature beautiful stands of birch trees and glimpses of native wildflowers), a dune-observation platform (great for birdwatching and for taking in glorious sunsets), a pond-observation platform, a gazebo, and an amphitheater. From Memorial Day to Labour Day, visit the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center to learn all about the fascinating flora and fauna found in the preserve. Restrooms and parking also available. Water is quality is tested 3 times per week.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 5th, 2016. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Thorne Swift Preserve is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Recreational public beaches in Michigan are tested several times a week, typically from May to September. Officially, the water is tested for recreational standards from May 1 to October 31.

The Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality uses guidance provided by the EPA to develop ambient standards for E. coli. E. coli standards for water used for total body contact recreation are provided in the Michigan Public Health Code and Rule 323.1062(1) of the Part 4.

A beach is marked Green the geometric mean of 3 samples collected at the same time is under 300 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected over 30 days is under 130 E. coli / 100 ml.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean of 3 samples collected at the same time exceeds 300 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected over 30 days exceeds 130 E. coli / 100 ml.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Thorne Swift Preserve

West Traverse, Michigan

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 5th, 2016. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

For a great place to get away from it all, visit the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, a 30-acre wildlife sanctuary that boasts a small but pristine public beach along sparkling Lake Michigan waters. Located just 3.5 miles north of Harbor Springs, between Lower Shore Drive and the lake, this park offers many amenities including 1.5 miles of trails (which feature beautiful stands of birch trees and glimpses of native wildflowers), a dune-observation platform (great for birdwatching and for taking in glorious sunsets), a pond-observation platform, a gazebo, and an amphitheater. From Memorial Day to Labour Day, visit the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center to learn all about the fascinating flora and fauna found in the preserve. Restrooms and parking also available. Water is quality is tested 3 times per week.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Thorne Swift Preserve is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Recreational public beaches in Michigan are tested several times a week, typically from May to September. Officially, the water is tested for recreational standards from May 1 to October 31.

The Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality uses guidance provided by the EPA to develop ambient standards for E. coli. E. coli standards for water used for total body contact recreation are provided in the Michigan Public Health Code and Rule 323.1062(1) of the Part 4.

A beach is marked Green the geometric mean of 3 samples collected at the same time is under 300 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected over 30 days is under 130 E. coli / 100 ml.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean of 3 samples collected at the same time exceeds 300 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected over 30 days exceeds 130 E. coli / 100 ml.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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