If you’re brave enough to jump into chilly Lake Michigan at Muskegon’s Pere Marquette beach, don’t.
A high bacteria advisory for the water at the beach was issued on Tuesday, June 25 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Testing at 11:30 a.m. June 24 exceeded the Michigan Water Quality standard for “full body contact,” according to the DEQ’s “BeachGuard” web site.
Lake temperatures are so chilly it’s doubtful that many will opt for fully body contact. Notes from the June 24 testing indicate the water temperature was 62 degrees and that no one was in the water at the time. Waves were “rough.”
There were seven people at the beach, but an estimated 100 gulls and 15 geese, noted the surveyor from Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Institute.
The source of the high bacteria level is listed as unknown. The test was for total coliform and E. coli.
Contamination advisories are rare for Pere Marquette, with one issued for one day in 2017 and one for one day in 2007, according to the BeachGuard site.
Other Lake Michigan beaches with contamination advisories for June 25 are Cherry Beach, Warren Dunes beach and Weko Beach, all in Berrien County.
Cherry Beach had been closed for four days, from June 18-22, due to a “sewer blockage/break,” according to BeachGuard.