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

Beaches are now unguarded after the completion of the 2020 swimming season. 

Updated beach and flag statuses will resume during the 2021 swimming season.


Lifeguard Program


The Marquette City Fire Department will be offering the following Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification courses.  (This is not a swimming class; all candidates must be proficient swimmers and comfortable in the water).  Alll classes will be held at the Marquette High School Pool.  

RED CROSS WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE  (A $200 class fee will be invoiced to any participant that is not hired by the City for the 2021 summer beach season.)

Friday, April 23, 2021                                                                                        4:00pm-8:00pm 

Saturday, April 24, 2021                                                                                    8:00am-4:00pm  

Sunday, April 25, 2021                                                                                      8:00am-4:00pm

Monday, April 26, 2021                                                                                      4:00pm-8:00pm  

There are online learning components that must be completed prior to pool sessions.  Students must attend and pass all four classes to become certified.  REGISTER NO LATER THAN 04/20/2021.


RED CROSS WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE  (A $100 class fee will be invoiced to any participant that is not hired by the City for the 2021 summer beach season.)  

Tuesday, April 27, 2021                                                                                       4:00pm-8:00pm 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021                                                                                  4:00pm-8:00pm 

Students must have an active certification card to enroll in the re-certification course.  Students must attend and pass both classes to become certified.  REGISTER NO LATER THAN 4/20/2021.


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: 

Rip Currents

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.