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Beach Advisory (End of Season, check back in May 2016)

Beaches are monitored from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

From May to September, the Health Department's Lakes Management Unit samples Lake Michigan beaches 4 days a week.  Beaches on inland lakes are tested bi-weekly. The water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria, which are found in the intestines of almost all warm-blooded animals.  While not all strains of E. coli are the same, certain strains can make humans sick if ingested in high enough concentrations.

If water samples come back high for E. coli (235 E. coli/100 ml), the management body for the bathing beach is notified and a sign is posted indicating the beach closure. Additionally, since rain events tend to lead to elevated bacteria levels in the water column, the LMU advises that persons avoid swimming after a large rain event.

NOTE: Per the Illinois Swimming Code, there is no swimming at dog beaches.

Low Bacteria Levels, No Advisory
  Elevated Bacteria  Levels, Caution Swimming Advisory
High Bacteria Levels.  No Swimming is Advised

Click on the name of the beach to view it individually on a map.

(Beach advisory information will be updated daily by 10 am, Memorial Day through Labor Day)

To view historical data:

National Weather Service Beach Hazards (check for high wave/rip current warnings):

End of Season



 Lake Michigan Beaches in Lake County
North Point Marina Beach 
       Illinois Beach State Park North Beach

Illinois Beach State Park South Beach
  Illinois Beach State Park Resort Beach
Waukegan North Beach
  Waukegan South Beach
  Nunn Beach (Great Lakes) - Fri/Sat/Sun only

Lake Bluff Dog Beach
  Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach
  Forest Park Beach
  Moraine Dog Beach
  Park Avenue Beach
  Rosewood Beach 
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