“Come on in, the water’s fine!”

beachWhen you think of Michigan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Motown, Ford Motor Company, furniture manufacturing, the state that looks like a mitten? Well, here at Shoreline Visitors Guide we like to think of sunny beaches and sun-soaked summers!

Summer is prime time to take advantage of swimming, sunbathing, and boating along the shores of Lake Michigan. Typically, July air temperatures average around 83°F, which, in turn, warms up the Big Lake. Water temperatures in Lake Michigan are in the high 60’s to 70’s this time of year.

Michigan has over 3,000 miles of shoreline- Lake Michigan alone claims over 1,000 miles! With that being said, come on in, the water’s fine!


Here are some fun ways to enjoy the waters of West Michigan:


  1. Michigan Maritime Museum, Friends Good Will Sailing Vessels
    South Haven, MI
  2. Star of Saugatuck Cruises
    Saugatuck, MI
  3. Holland Princess Cruises
    Holland, MI
  4. Holland Water Sports
    Jet ski and Boat Rentals
    Holland, MI
  5. Wind Dancer Charters
    Grand Haven, MI
  6. WaterDog Outfitters
    Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals and more!
    Montague, MI
  7. River Bound Fly Fishing
    Charters and Supplies
    Rockford, MI
  8. Great Lakes Naval Memorial Museum
    Check out the U.S.S. Silversides Exhibit!
    Muskegon, MI

Fun Fact: The term “Michigan” is believed to come from the Ojibwa word mishigami meaning “great water.”

That’s Good to Know! Many Lake Michigan beaches are not monitored by lifeguards. For that reason, the flag system was created. Make sure to check the Beach Flag Warning upon arrival to the beach.

GREEN:                     OK TO SWIM
YELLOW:                  CAUTION IS URGED
RED:                          HAZARDOUS TO SWIM (please watch the waves from shore!)