Lake Michigan Water Temperatures
We residents of West Michigan are blessed to have one of the Great Lakes right in our backyard. Lake Michigan is a vast, fresh water lake that is a haven for swimmers, boaters, and fishermen. The S.S. Badger carferry crosses Lake Michigan every day during the summer as a shortcut to Wisconsin.
Follow this link to get daily temperature readings of Lake Michigan from Manistee down to Little Sable Point. For more detailed information on local lake conditions, click here.
Though not as warm as the oceans, temperatures of Lake Michigan do rise to the high 60s in July and August to make swimming enjoyable, and definitely refreshing! Rarely do temperatures make it to the 70s, unless air temperatures stay up in the 90s for many continuous days.
If Lake Michigan is still too chilly for your taste, head to the warmer inland waters of Hamlin, Silver, and Manistee Lakes. Since they're smaller, they tend to warm more quickly than Lake Michigan.
Our beaches are some of the nicest and cleanest you'll find anywhere. You can choose whether or not to join the crowds at the highly populated spots---or find a private beach that's less busy. Sunning, swimming, or building that special sand castle--West Michigan beaches offer it all!