Stay Safe in the Water
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 beachgoers 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 spend considerable time analyzing data from proficient sources and researching solutions for identified problems. It was clear from the data that a one size fits all approach will not work in our city. The Marquette Fire Department trains lifeguards and manages the Waterfront Safety Program.
Flag Advisory System
Current flag status are updated daily during swimming season
For 2021, Marquette's lifeguarded beach season starts May 29, 2021 and goes through Labor Day. Flags are advisories only. Persons using 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.
McCarty's CoveLOW HAZARD
N. McCarty's CoveLOW HAZARD
South BeachMEDIUM HAZARD UNGUARDED
Picnic RocksHIGH HAZARD UNGUARDED
Middle Bay BeachMEDIUM HAZARD UNGUARDED
Clark Lambros'Beach ParkMEDIUM HAZARD UNGUARDED
Beaches are open from May 29 to September 6, 2021
E.M.I.L.Y. (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard)
Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification courses are now complete. We anticipate that courses will be offered again in Spring 2022.
Lifeguards employed by the City must be at least 16 years of age and are required to be both Lifeguard and Waterfront Certified.
Applications are being accepted for seasonal lifeguard positions for the 2021 beach season. Please complete an online application at: https://www.marquettemi.gov/departments/administrative-services/human-resources/
NOAA-NWS Marquette Long Shore and Lake Superior Rip Current Forecast
Michigan BeachGuard System
E. coli and beach opening/closure monitoring for beaches in the City of Marquette.