D. H. Day Campground opens Friday, April 18
D.H. Day Campground opens Friday, April 18, 2014. Register at the self-registration station near the entrance.
Lake Michigan is a wonderful place to enjoy the beach and wade or swim-if you are careful. Swimming in Lake Michigan is not the same as swimming in a pool or small lake. Wind, waves, the slope of the beach, and other factors can cause dangerous currents to be present.
Rip currents are dangerous and can occur at any beach with breaking waves. These powerful currents move away from shore and are capable of overcoming even the strongest swimmer. The most common mistake of those caught in a rip current is to panic and attempt to swim directly back toward the shore. Although rip currents can pull a swimmer away from the shore, they don't pull you under water.
What to do if caught in a rip current:
If someone else is caught in a rip current--yell directions on how to escape, throw the victim something that floats, and call 911.
Remember, Lake Michigan conditions can change quickly. Know what to expect before you go in the water. Tune in to NOAA weather radio, and monitor websites (National Weather Service, Gaylord Office) for updated weather and Lake Michigan surf conditions during your visit.
For more information on rip currents, check the NOAA website.
Did You Know?
The Pitcher's thistle is an endangered plant species that is native to the dunes around the Great Lakes. You will find many of them as you hike through the dunes or along the Lake Michigan shores at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...