Warning issued for dangerous swimming conditions on Lake Michigan beaches
Park Township – Planning to go to a Lake Michigan beach Monday? The National Weather Service says bathers should think about another day.
Dangerous swimming conditions are expected at beaches north of South Haven. Separately, swimming is discouraged south of South Haven. Waves could be 3 feet or higher.
A 43-year-old man who was struggling in high waves and strong current Saturday drowned in Lake Michigan in Ottawa County. The sheriff’s department says Steven Davis of Holland Township was brought to shore after 4 p.m. in Park Township.
A red flag was flying nearby at Holland State Park, a signal that conditions were dangerous at the time.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project says at least 27 people have drowned in Lake Michigan states this year.
In Grand Haven, the Coast Guard's Festival of Ships has been canceled due to the large waves.
Officials say waters were too rough for ships participating in the event to wait outside a Grand Haven channel.
High water on Lake Michigan is changing how some travel in one small western Michigan community.
A free water taxi carries people across a small lake into Pentwater because the only bridge on one side of the village closed due to flooding. The 26-foot boat can carry up to 16 passengers.