Before You Head For The Beach…
Double red flags mean don’t go in the water.
If you see double red flags at a state-designated swim beach at a state park along the Great Lakes, you are not allowed to enter the water.
To boost awareness of changing conditions and save lives, there's been a change to the Great Lakes beach flag warning system. Double red warning flags are now in place at state-designated swim beaches along the Great Lakes in Michigan state parks. A DNR land order makes it illegal to enter the water when there is risk to human health and safety. Risks can include hazardous waves and/or dangerous water conditions, active rescue or recovery efforts, and environmental hazards.
This does not apply to surfers using wind-powered or self-propelled wave-riding boards.
It’s a change to the Great Lakes flag warning system that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began integrating last year at several state parks, and for good reason.
"We actively reevaluate our safety measures and public education efforts, especially when it comes to Great Lakes safety," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief. "Many people underestimate the power of the Great Lakes and don't always understand how quickly even the most experienced swimmer can get into a life-threatening situation and swept away. That’s why the DNR is committed to making beach safety and public education a top priority."
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