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.

Beaches are now unguarded after the completion of the 2019 swimming season. Updated beach and flag statuses will resume during the 2020 swimming season. (May 23 - September 7, 2020)


Lifeguard Program


Lifeguards employed by the City must be at least 16 years of age and are required to be both Lifeguard and Waterfront Certified.  

The City of Marquette Fire Department will be offering the following Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification and Recertification courses.  There is no fee for these courses.  (This is not a swimming class; all candidates must be proficient swimmers and comfortable in the water.)


April 18, 19, 25, 26   8:00am-5:00pm

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 BY 04/09/2020


Students must have an active certification card to enroll in this course. 

April 25th  9:30am-5:00pm  and  April 26th  8:00am-5:00pm

Students must attend and pass both classes to become certified. REGISTER BY 04/17/2020.

TO REGISTER: contact Teresa Locknane at the Marquette City Fire Department, 906-225-8596 or


(Lifeguard certification courses are also available through NMU.  Dates and fees can be found at:


To apply for a seasonal lifeguard position please complete an online application at: or contact the Human Resources Department at 906-228-0480.

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.