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Inventory and Perception of Status
Believe it or not, there are at least 64 well-known surfing spots along Lake Michigan. Most good surf spots are located adjacent to shoreline structures like jetties and piers. Surfing locations include Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, South Haven, Ludington and Traverse City. People come from as far away as the Chicago and Milwaukee areas to surf these spots.
The surf spots are generally in fair condition. However, concerns have been raised about water quality. Only the state and city beaches are tested, and there have been an increasing number of beach closures due to high bacteria levels. Awareness of this problem has been increasing in the press and in local and state governments. Lake Michigan provides a wide variety of water recreation opportunities, with beach and boating access as high priorities. Windsurfing is a popular sport along the Great Lakes as well as in various inland waters.
Recognition by State
Michigan does not recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource.
Surfrider Foundation Chapters
|Lake Michigan Chapter||43° 3' 47.06" N, 86° 13' 42.19" W||http://www.surfriderlakemichigan.org/|
Surfrider Foundation has a chapter based in Grand Haven, Michigan. If you live or surf in the area and want to help protect Lake Michigan and its waves and beaches, check their website
Sources of information on surfing on the Great Lakes include:
- Surfing the Great Lakes (article)
- Surfing the Great Lakes (book)
- Lake Superior Surf Guide
- Third Coast Surf Shop
- No Salt Surfcast
- Weather, Water and Wave Conditions on the Great Lakes
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