Michigan has tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, meaning you're never more than 6 miles from a body of water or 85 miles from a Great Lake. Sometimes those waters become unsafe with high levels of bacteria or other pollutants and need to be closed for public safety.
It's no secret to Michiganders that our beaches are awesome, but it's still cool to see them nationally recognized. Not one, but two Michigan beaches placed in a national ranking of the best freshwater beaches -- and one even nabbed the top spot!
The forecast for the holiday weekend calls for sunshine and heat. Many of us will consider heading to one of Michigan's many beaches. But before you grab your sunscreen, cooler and the family...double check to make sure your beach of choice is open.