Waterfront Safety Information

   
Lake Superior
   

Overview

Marquette residents, and visitors alike, take joy in the many beautiful city beaches this coastal city has along Lake Superior. Although enjoying the beach is generally considered a safe activity, there have recently been a series of unfortunate events leaving our community wondering if more could be done to help keep beach goers safe as they enjoy the City’s waterfront. A Waterfront Safety Task Force (WSTF) was established on August 30, 2010 by the Marquette City Commission. The group was charged with in-depth exploration of waterfront safety. The WSTF spent considerable time analyzing data from proficient sources and researching solutions for identified problems. It is clear from the data that a “one size fits all” approach will not work in our city.

Flag Advisory System

*During swimming season, the current flag status can be monitored here.

Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:14 PM

  Green Flag Yellow Flag Red Flag No Swimming
South Beach                                         
McCarty's Cove

 

                                       
North McCarty's Cove                                           
Picnic Rocks    
X
X
Middle Bay Beach at Presque Isle                                    

Waves calm to 2 feet – green flag – low hazard
Waves 2 to 4 feet – yellow flag – medium hazard
Waves over 4 feet – red flag – high hazard – no swimming
High Hazard - Water Closed to Public - No Lifeguards on Duty

*Marquette's lifeguarded beach season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Flags are advisories only. Persons using unguarded beaches must exercise caution, responsibility, and common sense.

One of the first action steps taken to proactively administer the waterfront safety issues was the implementation of the City’s Beach Flag Advisory system. The Marquette Fire Department posts flag advisories at South Beach, McCarty's Cove, North McCarty’s Cove, Middle Beach at Presque Isle, and Picnic Rocks waterfronts. Colored flags are posted at the waterfront to indicate swimming conditions. The flag statuses are also posted on the City's website throughout the day. Below is a description of the flag advisory system.

Green flag

 

Waves calm to 2 feet – green flag – low hazard

Yellow Flag

 

Waves 2 to 4 feet – yellow flag – medium hazard

Red Flag

 

Waves over 4 feet – red flag – high hazard – no swimming
High Hazard - Water Closed to Public - No Lifeguard on Duty
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Beach Flag Advisory System

Location Sketch

Michigan BeachGuard System

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Parks & Beaches

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