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MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN & MICHIGAN
SWIMMING HOLES
(23 PLACES)
UPDATED 9/2014


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MINNESOTA


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LESTER PARK
(LEST)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS DULUTH
LAT, LON lat=46.839225, lon=-92.006872, (source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MN
WATER Amnity Creek and the Lester River
TYPE River/Falls
DESCRIPTION Several swimming holes in river/creek along trails in Lester Park in Duluth within sight of Lake Superior.

This from a visitor:"In the City of Duluth, Minnesota's Lester Park, which is located on the Amnity Creek and the Lester River , are three popular swimming holes - all within the park. Lester Park covers rocky, tree filled land that starts 600 ft above Lake Superior and drops to Lake Superior, within a distance of less than a mile. Lake Superior is between 601-602 feet above sea level. The Amnity Creek and the Lester River - both about the same size - flow through the park's rock-lined gorges, and over boulder-filled beds and many waterfalls, to merge near 61st Avenue East and Superior Street, where they flow over there final waterfall - about 30 feet high - to Lake Superior."

"Within the park, and on the Amnity Creek, near Occidental Boulevard and Seven Bridges Road, is a very popular swimming hole at the base of a 30 foot waterfall. The area surrounding this swimming hole is rock cliffs and ledges and 80-100 year old Cedar, Pine, and Spruce trees. On the Lester River, within Lester Park, and about one-half block upstream from East Superior Street, is another very popular swimming hole at the base of a 4-5 foot waterfall. This swimming hole is also surrounded by volcanic rock. Again on the Lester River, within Lester Park, and about one-quarter block downstream from East Superior Street, is a 40 to 50 foot deep swimming hole located in a narrow rock gorge, with 60-80 foot rock walls (known as "The Deeps"). Swimmers jump from a bridge that crosses the gorge to the river below - the jump is at least 80 feet to the river. CAUTION: Jumping from this height is very dangerous and, at this location, there is sometimes debris in the water and strong currents. People have died here in recent years due to the strong currents. DO NOT try to swim here when the current is strong. Each of these rivers are as clear and clean as bottled water in a crystal glass, as is Lake Superior."
AREAS Lester Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, hiking, picnicing
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Lester Park is on the east edge of Duluth between 60th and 61st Avenue East. .
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 7/2012


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QUARRY PARK
(QUAR)

PHOTO walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS MINNEAPOLIS, ST. CLOUD
LAT, LON lat=45.53731, lon=-94.241924(source: measured by another) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MN
WATER Quarry
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION Official swimming and scuba diving (and rock climbing) at County Park that is a water filled quarry 116 feet deep. A second swimming hole here has recently (in 2014) been developed - said to be more family-accessible with a beach area.
AREAS Quarry Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, see web site
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, cliff jumping, scuba diving
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From RT 23 in Waite Park in St. Cloud, go south on 10th Avenue and turn west (right) at the stop sign, onto 7th Street South / County Road 137. Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is .7 mile from that intersection, on the left.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 8/10



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ST. CROIX RIVER AREA
[2 PLACES]
(STCR)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS MINNEAPOLIS, NORTH BRANCH, OSCEOLA(WI)
STATE MN
WATER St. Croix River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Most of the beautiful St. Croix River is too shallow for swimming but here are a couple of places you may find the depth required. It is mostly a canoeing and tubing river. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Unknown
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Rope swing, tubing
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Commercial camping along river at Limestone Park.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Minneapolis, take I-35 north about 44 miles to North Branch (Exit 147) then take RT 95 east. Then:

SUNRISE FERRY LANDING [SUNR]: Most of the beautiful St. Croix River is too shallow for swimming but here is another place you may find the depth required. It is mostly a canoeing and tubing place. From North Branch (above), keep on RT 95 east as it jogs around for about 8 miles then turn north (left) onto Sunrise Rd and go about 2.5 miles then take a left on Mill St. The parking lot for the tube rentals is at this intersection (45.546409,-92.85664) (behind the bar).

If you have your own tubes, stay on Sunrise past Mill Rd. then take a slight right onto Ferry Rd and go 1.4 miles to Sunrise Ferry Landing.(parking fee)LAT, LON lat=45.56672, lon=-92.86489(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 1/2014.

FRANCONIA BRIDGE [FRAN]: Swimming hole at the bridge over the St. Croix River between Franconia MN and Osceola WI. The St. Croix National Park boat landing is under the bridge and the picnic area is adjacent. It has toilets, maybe drinking water. Best swimming is on the river side when the river is low, otherwise there is an official beach on the slough on the west side of the picnic area.

From North Branch, keep on RT 95 (St. Croix Trail) east as it jogs around (go past Sunrise Rd. above) then turns south then cross the river at Taylors Falls onto RT 8 east and enter WI (all told about 20 miles from North Branch). In WI, turn south on RT 35 (right) and stay on it as it twists around for about 8 miles to Osceola and another bridge over the river (back into Franconia, MN). The swimming place is at this bridge. LAT, LON lat=45.3201, lon=-92.715287(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 1/2014


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SILVER BAY AREA
[2 PLACES]
(SILB)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS DULUTH, TWO HARBORS, SILVER BAY
STATE MN
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION Unofficial swimming holes in State Park rivers/falls between Duluth and Grand Marias along the shores of Lake Superior. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Gooseberry State Park/Tettegouche State Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None at Tettegouche if you park in the Hwy Rest Area, probably an entrance fee at Gooseberry S. P.
FACILITIES All facilities at State Parks
ACTIVITIES Swimming, hiking
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Camping at both state parks.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Duluth, go north on RT 61 alonside Lake Superior, then:

GOOSEBERRY S. P.[GOOS]: Gooseberry State Park has the large, warm Gooseberry River with lots of swimmers. (no detailed information about where exactly to swim in river). STATE PARK WEB SITE , MAP SHOWING RIVER AND TRAILS. To get here from Duluth, Go about 45 miles north on RT 61, past Two Harbors, to Gooseberry Falls S. P. and scout out the river. (no detailed information about where exactly to swim in river). LAT, LON lat=47.13836, lon=-91.47079(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

TETTEGOUCHE S. P.[TETT]: Swimming hole at the bottom of cascading 60 ft. High Falls of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park. STATE PARK WEB SITE , MAP SHOWING REST AREA AND HIGH FALLS TRAIL. To get here from Gooseberry S. P. (above), continue another 15 miles north on RT 61, past Silver Bay, to the next highway rest area, near Tettegouche S. P.. Park at the rest area (unless you are going into the State Park) and hike on the High Falls Trail (northeast out of the rest area) a short way to a footbridge over the Baptism River at High Falls and the swimming hole below. LAT,LON (Rest Area) lat=47.33711, lon=-91.20219, (source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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AMNICON FALLS S. P.
(AMNI)

LINKS TO PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS DULUTH (MN), SUPERIOR (WI)
LAT, LON lat=46.60981, lon=-91.89239(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Black River
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION There are four waterfalls in the State Park. PARK WEB SITE. These are the upper and lower Amnicon Falls, Snake Pit Falls and Now and Then Falls. The main drop of the Upper Falls is about 15 feet. You can swim in the plunge pool at the bottom of the Upper Falls (Park website says "swim with care" here- water levels fluctuate.) The Lower Falls is a slide, roughly 15 feet high and 30 feet long (unknown if it is safe to slide here). It is a short distance between the two falls and there is an old bridge between the two falls. See also GO WATERFALLING .
AREAS Amnicon Falls S. P.
SANCTION Semi - official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities in State Park
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding?
PHONE (715) 398-3000
CAMPING Developed camping at site. .
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Superior, take RT 2/53 southeast. Where RT 2 and RT 53 diverge, take RT 2 east about 1 mile then turn north (left) on County Highway U and go aobut .3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008


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EAU CLAIRE RIVER
(EAUC)

PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
TOWNS EAU CLAIRE, CHIPPEWA FALLS, FALL CREEK
LAT, LON lat=44.817532, lon=-91.355744(source: Measured by other) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Eau Claire River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor: "Secluded shallow, slow river with sand beaches and sand bottom." Another visitor says: "We went to the Eau Claire River today. It was great! We stayed at the sandbar where the trail came out at the river. It was 85 degrees on a Sunday afternoon, and no one in sight! We did see two people before we left - both were skinnydipping and cooling off in the water. The river was clear, with a sand bottom. We could sit in the middle of the river in about a foot of water. This was a great find - thank you!"
AREAS County-owned land
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swim, wade, sun, beach games
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site. .
BATHING SUITS Optional - None on secluded upstream beaches, but customary when canoers pass and around people that wear them.
DIRECTIONS From downtown Eau Claire, take Birch St. east and keep left on Birch which merges with County Rd. QQ (do not cross the river bridge). Turn right to stay on CR QQ, which merges with North Shore Dr.. Continue east on CR QQ, North Shore Dr. (which may become Bullhead Pond Dr. then North Shore Drive again). After you pass Phillips County Park and S. 82nd ave, go about another .6 miles then park at trail head on the south side of County Highway QQ at Lat. 44.818296, Lon. -91.354126.

This from a visitor:" This is a good spot to see if you have company as this is about the only spot to park for this beach. There is a berm that will not allow automobile access further down the trail, so just park at the berm and walk. Follow the trail generally south and west toward the river. It winds a bit and becomes very sandy. In the summer the sand gets hot so wear shoes. At Lat. 44.817532, Lon. 91.355744 there is a small steep trail to the south off the main trail that heads to the river. You will see a steep little access that is worn down from horse traffic. Take that to access the beach. The beach is just a couple of hundred feet off the last coordinates. It is pretty obvious when you get there. In the summer this first part of the beach is accessed by all types of people from families, teens, and people fishing. Find a spot and enjoy. The water is ankle to waist deep most of the time, but in the spring and after a really big rain it can get fast and deeper. It is generally a wide shallow river thought with a nice sand bottom. The beaches change from year to year depending on what affect the spring melt had. It is kind of neat that every April of so you will find a different look from the year before. There are small islands that may or may not have a beach. Again this just depends on what formed that spring. "

"If you continue to walk up stream you will probably find a more secluded beach, maybe on the back side of an island where you can enjoy a day sunning and swimming nude. Up stream there are several regulars that enjoy the beach nude. If you do go nude be sure to keep an eye upstream for canoers. They are easy to spot long enough to give you pleanty of time to cover up or get dressed. Behind the beach, but not too visible from the beach is a horse trail that is used frequently. You can usually hear the horses though in time. Also watch downstream for others heading your way. They are easy to hear as they have to walk and splash against current to get there. The river is wide so anyone coming via the water is easy to spot. Just use your judgment in clothing. We usually wear none, but you have to be prepared to cover up if need be. The main beach is at Lat. 44.817532, Lon. 91.355744. The beach that is best for skinny dipping is at about Lat. 44.813719, Lon. 91.346726. The main beach is there every year, but the other beaches change depending on how the spring melt has left the place. "
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013


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JAYCEE QUARRY PARK
(JAYC)

LINKS TO PHOTOS BELOW walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS SHEBOYGAN
LAT, LON lat=43.78197, lon=-87.74849(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Quarry
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION Town park with swimming in unused quarry. Picnic shelters, hiking, all facilities. (There was some question about whether the quarry would continue to be open for swimming so call the number below before you go. ) WEB SITE , WEB SITE.
AREAS Evergreen Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities in park
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 920.459.3440
CAMPING No camping at site. .
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From I-43 Exit 128 (near Sheboygan) take RT 42 (WI-42 Trunk, Calumet Dr.) southeast about .5 miles to Evergreen Park and the Jaycee Quarry Park. The address is 3401 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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KETTLE MORAINE AREA
[3 PLACES]
(KETA)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS WHITEWATER, PALMYRA
STATE WI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Lakes/Ponds
DESCRIPTION Swimming places in small lakes in and around the Kettle Moraine State Forest area between Madison and Milwaukie. The Kettle Moraine region of southeastern Wisconsin is rich in springs. Up until the mid-twentieth century, businesses sold mineral waters bottled in the Waukesha area and well-heeled families built resorts to enjoy these special places. Fortunately, springs from this same aquifer continue to pump cool water into this regionís lakes. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Kettle Moraine State Forest
SANCTION Official (but no lifeguards)
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING There are several State Forest campgrounds in the area.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Madison, take RT 18 east to Cambridge then southeast on RT 12 through Fort Atkinson to Whitewater. Directions below are from Whitewater.

WHITEWATER LAKE [WHIT]: A popular lake swimming beach (no lifeguards) in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - South Unit. WEB INFO . Picnic tables, grills, and toilet facilities are available near the beach. Camping on site. To get here from Whitewater (above) take RT 59 (Old Hwy 12) south then Elkhorn Rd south about 5 miles into the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Turn west (right) on Kettle Moraine Drive and continue to the campground and beach. LAT, LON: lat=42.78035, lon=-88.69512(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

SPRING LAKE [SPRI]: Also know as Lower Spring Lake (there is an Upper Spring Lake) offers a 150-foot sand beach, playground, changing rooms, toilets and concessions. A fee is charged. To get here, in the town of Whitewater (above) take N. Newcomb St. north, it becomes RT 59 north, continue to Palmyra. In Palmyra, from Main St., turn right on Anemone St and look immediately for the Lions Park and beach. LAT, LON: lat=42.87991,lon=-88.5826(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

OTTAWA LAKE [OTTA]: A popular lake swimming beach (no lifeguards) in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - South Unit. WEB INFO . Picnic tables, grills, and toilet facilities are available near the beach. Camping on site. To get here from Palmyra (above) continue east on RT 59 (becomes Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr) to Eagle. In Eagle, turn north (left) on RT 67 (still Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr) and continue to Ottawa Lake Recreation Area. Follow signs to the beach area. LAT, LON: lat=42.93707, lon=-88.47558(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2014



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MADISON AREA
[3 PLACES]
(MADI)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS MADISON, MIDDLETON, CROSS PLAINS, CAMBRIDGE
STATE WI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Lakes/Ponds
DESCRIPTION Swimming places in small lakes around Madison. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Varies - see below
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING There are many county campgrounds and state park campgrounds around Madison.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS All directions below are from Madison.

SALMO POND [SALM]: An old rock quarry has become a county park. The quarry is fed by springs - cool when the summer is hot. Easy access, grass beach, clear water, nice place to swim. WEB INFO . Address: 4809 Scherbel Rd, Cross Plains WI 53528. To get here from Madison, take RT 14 west to Middleton. In Middleton, turn left to stay on RT 14 and go about 10 miles more then turn south (left) on Scherbel Rd. The entrance to Salmo Pond is on the right just after you make this turn. LAT, LON lat=43.11835, lon=-89.6897(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

BECKMAN LAKE [BECK]: In the Browntown-Cadiz Springs Recreation Area, spring-fed Beckman Lake has a shady picnic area and a sandy beach. Fee charged. WEB INFO . To get here from Madison, take RT 18 west to Verona the RT 69 south to Monroe. From Monroe, take RT 11 west then a short way south on Browntown-Cadiz Springs Road to Beckman Lake. LAT, LON lat=42.584, lon=-89.767(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.

LAKE RIPLEY [LAKR]: Lake and beach with concession stand operated by the Cambridge Community Activities Program (CAP). Fee charged. WEB INFO . To get here from Madison, take RT 12/18 east to Cambridge. Stay on RT 12 through Cambridge then turn north (left) on Park Rd and Ripley Park/Lake Ripley are right there on the east side of Park Rd. LAT, LON lat=43.00278,lon=-89.00390(source: Map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2014.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2014


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PEBBLE BEACH
(PEBB)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS GREEN BAY, EPHRAIM, SISTER BAY
LAT, LON lat=45.18522, lon=-87.15166(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WI
WATER Lake Michigan
TYPE Bay
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor:"My favorite beach in the world - in a tiny bay along Lake Michigan. Hard to find, and almost always deserted - a great place for a swim. The water is incredibly calm, great sunset views all summer, and all of the rocks are perfect skippers."
AREAS None
SANCTION Public beach
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site. .
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Green Bay, go north on RT 57 about 75 miles to Sister Bay. Go southwest (left) on RT 42 for about 1.2 miles then turn north (right) on Pebble Beach Rd. Bear left to stay on Pebble Beach Rd. until you come to Lake Michigan and the beach. There are houses all around here but it is said to be a public beach.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/15/2008


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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 Unfficial
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)

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TOWNS SAULT STE. MARIE, MUNISING, WETMORE
LAT, LON lat= 46.49606, lon=-86.53969(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
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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 facitites 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
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TOWNS LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS, IONIA
LAT, LON lat= 42.97804, lon=-85.02254(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
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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)

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TOWNS GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY
LAT, LON lat= 44.72905, lon=-86.1531(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
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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 facitites 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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