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MICHIGAN
SWIMMING HOLES
(8 PLACES)
UPDATED 10/2014


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We know there are MANY more swimming holes in these 3 great states, but since we have only a few so far they are presented here and without a map at this time.

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FARQUAR-METSA PARK
(FARQ)

NO PHOTO
TOWNS MARQUETTE, GWINN
LAT, LON lat=46.283378, lon=-87.438099(source: Map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER East Branch Escanaba River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Nice swimming place in river at county campground near upper peninsula. Don't know if you have to register at campground to use swimming hole. CAMPGROUND REVIEW.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities at campground
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 906.346.9217
CAMPING At site, all hookups for RVs.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Marquette (on the south shore of Lake Superior near the UP) go south on RT 553 the west on Rt 35 (North Pine St) into Gwinn. In Gwinn, go north on Spruce St., west on Iron St. then north again on W. Carbon St. into the park. The river swimming hole is in the park. Don't know if you have to register at campground to use swimming hole.
CONFIDENCE Pretty certain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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JAMISON ROAD QUARRY
(JAMI)

NO PHOTO
TOWNS MACKINAW CITY, CEDARVILLE
LAT, LON lat=46.08750, lon=-84.63356(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Quarry
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor:"There is an old rock quarry that has filled with water. I used to go there all the time when I was a kid and it is a great place to swim and jump/dive. " We are not sure that this place still exists or is legal or safe for swimming - use extreme caution . If you have current information about it, please tell us.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Mackinaw City, go north on I-75 across the Mackinac Bridge. About 15 miles past the bridge take exit 359 and go east on RT 134 toward Cedarville. Continue on RT 134 about ten min. until you cross Pine River. On the other side of the bridge, turn north (left) onto St. Ignace Rd. and then left again onto Jamison Rd. The old rock quarry that has filled with water is at the end of this road.
CONFIDENCE Pretty uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008



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OCQUEOC FALLS
(OCQU)

PHOTO
TOWNS MACKINAW CITY, ROGERS CITY, ONAWAY, MILLERSBURG
LAT, LON lat=45.39600, lon=-84.05775(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Ocqueoc River
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor: Here is one we always visit in Michigan, Kids love it, nice hiking trail nearby also. Not much space for real swimming, except to swim in place against the current, but fun jumping and wading, there are 2 sets of falls both with swimming holes below." There is a small gorge below the falls. See also GO WATERFALLING .
AREAS Black Lake S. F. (nearby)
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Wading, water play
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Very nearby at Black Lake S. F. .
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Rogers City, take RT 68 west . Where RT 68 makes a sweeping left turn to the south, continue straight onto Ocqueoc Falls Rd. The falls are here.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008



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PALMER PARK
(PALM)

NO PHOTO
TOWNS DETROIT, ST. CLAIR
LAT, LON lat=42.8246, lon=-82.4852(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER St. Clair River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION CAUTION: The St. Clair River has a serious current and swimming here is only for those who have learned to deal with it. Here, at Palmer Park in downtown St. Clair, there are a series of ladders spaced at about 50 yards, where you can get out of the current, which are used by locals who jump in upstream and use the ladders to get out. If you don't know how to use the ladders, you will be swept downstream. There are no lifeguards. The water is of dubious cleanliness. This may be a place to watch the locals and keep on shore.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, jumping
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Detroit, take I-94 north to Fred W. Moore Rd. then east into St. Clair. Go to downtown St. Clair and to Riverside Ave. then to Palmer Park which is right on the river.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/5/2009



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PICKEREL LAKE
(PICK)

NO PHOTO
TOWNS ANN ARBOR
LAT, LON lat=42.40981, lon=-83.98278(source: Measured By another) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Pickerel Lake
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor: It is now official, a great "official swimming hole", very deep and spring fed. We fought with the DNR for years to keep it a swimming, canoeing primitive lake we had about 400 people come to DNR public meetings. There is no boat launch and it is a no motor lake (one of only five or six in Michigan), which we just won. You could drink the water. Most of the day you can just float out and enjoy the Herons, Sand Hill Cranes and other wildlife. There is a small sandy beach that is packed with families and hippies mostly on the weekends, a lot of regulars. No facilities but parking for twenty. No houses on the banks totally surrounded by conifers. Just a little piece of Eden. When friends come to visit from elsewhere they always ask for a visit. Because there are a lot of hippies there are also a lot of unleashed dogs which have caused problems with young kids but everyone really looks out for each other and usually all problems are resolved."
AREAS Pickney State Rec Area
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Ann Arbor, take RT 23 north about 4.3 mi then take exit 49 for Territorial Rd and turn west (left) on N Territorial Rd and go 12.2 mi then turn north (right) at Hankerd Rd. into the Pinckney State Rec. Area. Pickerel lake is to the east of Hankerd Rd. No better directions to lake.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008



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PICTURED ROCKS
(PICT)

LINK TO INFO
TOWNS SAULT STE. MARIE, MUNISING, WETMORE
LAT, LON lat= 46.49606, lon=-86.53969(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Lake Superior
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION Miner's Beach is in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the north side of the Upper Peninsula in a protected part of Lake Superior. Framed by the Pictured Rocks, it is a beautiful and little-used beach.
AREAS Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities at campgrounds nearby
ACTIVITIES Walking, swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Three campgrounds in the National Seashore, many others in the State Forest east of here
BATHING SUITS May be optional
DIRECTIONS From Munsing, go east on RT 58 (E. Munising Ave - becomes Adams Trail) then turn north (left) on RT 672 (Carmody Rd) and follow RT 672 through several turns for about 4 miles then turn north (left) on Miners Castle Rd and follow this road as it turns right then left then ends at Miner Rd.. Miners Beach is a short walk from the parking area here.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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THE PONDS
(POND)

AERIAL MAP
PHOTO
TOWNS LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS, IONIA
LAT, LON lat= 42.97804, lon=-85.02254(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Quarry Ponds
TYPE Quarry Ponds
DESCRIPTION Swimming and water play places in abandoned quarry ponds. There is a trail system (See red line on MAP above) that runs around the small shallow pond, for kids, and at the end of the trail, is a deep stone cut pond from the old sand stone quarry. Has a rope swing on and has some great jumping opportunities. (Lake swimming is also nearby at the Ionia State Recreation Area southwest of Ionia and Woodard Lake north of Ionia.)
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Wading, swimming, rope swing
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING At Ionia State Recreation Area southwest of Ionia
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Ionia, go south across the river on Cleveland St. then take an immediate left (east) on East Riverside Dr.. Go about 2 miles then turn north (left) on Quarry Rd.. Drive to the end of this road and follow the trails to the ponds.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 9/2014



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SLEEPING BEAR
(SLEE)

LINK TO PHOTOS AND INFO
TOWNS GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY
LAT, LON lat= 44.72905, lon=-86.1531(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MI
WATER Platte River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Shallow stream winds through trees and sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where it empties into Lake Michigan. Popular tubing place, kayaks, swimming and water play.
AREAS Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities at campground nearby
ACTIVITIES Tubing, kayaks, swimming, water play.
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Two campgrounds in the National Seashore, many others in the State Forest east of here
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Traverse City, go west on RT 72 (W. Traverse Hwy) for 13 miles then turn south (left) on RT 669 (Maple City Hwy) for about 4 miles then turn west (right) on Almira Rd. then very shortly north (right) on RT 610 (Rayle Rd - becomes Fowler Rd) for about 6 miles then south (left) on RT 22 (Northland Hwy - becomes N. Scenic Hwy) for about 5 miles then turn right on RT 708 (Lake Michigan Rd) (at the Platte River Campground). Continue past the campground a to the end of the road at the Platte River and Lake Michigan. The swimming place is here in the Platte River.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014


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