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


City Lifeguards are required to be both Lifeguard and Waterfront Certified.  Classes are held locally, usually in April or May. 

For additional information please contact Captain Greg Guertin at or (906) 225-8936.

For seasonal lifeguard employment information 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.