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Old 06-04-2015, 07:54 PM
 
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The best I've seen are the Lake Michigan beaches just west of St. Ignace, Michigan.

Right along highway 2. I agree.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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I can't leave Chicago beaches out. For a Big city it has a Awesome Lakefront with Parks, Harbors and Beaches. Even right Downtown.

couldn't resist this Non-Beach but Chicago Shore Picture, near beaches. ⤵



Overview of North Shore of Chicago from a plane to O'Hare. ⤵



Oak Street Beach Downtown Chicago ⤵


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Old 06-05-2015, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Stunning beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan near sleeping bear dunes, and along US 2 in Upper Michigan. Great for sight seeing and beach walking. Problem is however is if you want to get in the water. It is cold beyond belief, only the hardy will enjoy a dip in these northern bodies of water. Remember there is ice on these lakes from November to April, sometimes May. Six months of snow and ice make it tough for them to warm up much in summer.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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The southern Great Lakes can get to 80 degrees in the summer, I certainly wouldn't call that too cold for swimming!
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I went to Holland State Park's beach last August. It was probably about 90 that day but the water was only 68 degrees. Once you were in it, it was fine, but it was god awful adjusting to it.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Acknowledged as "the longest fresh water beach in the world " Wasaga Beach, on Georgian Bay in Ontario has it all. Great sand , shallow water for swimming, and clean. On a busy day it sees over 50,000 visitors. The entire beach is a Provincial Park, for day use only. It is 11 miles long.

link The Longest Freshwater Beach in the World ! - Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Wasaga Beach Traveller Reviews - TripAdvisor

Sauble beach, on the lake Huron shore is also nice, and the sunsets are amazing.

The city of Toronto has 14 beaches within it's metropolitan area. The city maintains the beaches, with a team of beach cleaning machines, that sweep and sift the sand every day, to remove any hazards and they also test the water every 12 hours for purity. The Toronto Islands , just across the harbour from the city center, also have beaches, including the nude/clothing optional beach at Hanlon's Point.

Hanlon's Point was the location of the old ball park where Babe Ruth hit his first professional game home run.

Jim B.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:28 AM
 
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I went to Holland State Park's beach last August. It was probably about 90 that day but the water was only 68 degrees. Once you were in it, it was fine, but it was god awful adjusting to it.
Last year wasn't a normal summer so the lakes were cooler than they normally are. Usually they are in the mid 70's by July 1.

I'll throw in Oval beach in Saugatuck as a contender.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Last year wasn't a normal summer so the lakes were cooler than they normally are. Usually they are in the mid 70's by July 1.
Right, it was the first year the Lakes froze at near 100% in decades, no? Definitely coldest, harshest winter of my lifetime.

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Stunning beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan near sleeping bear dunes, and along US 2 in Upper Michigan. Great for sight seeing and beach walking. Problem is however is if you want to get in the water. It is cold beyond belief, only the hardy will enjoy a dip in these northern bodies of water. Remember there is ice on these lakes from November to April, sometimes May. Six months of snow and ice make it tough for them to warm up much in summer.
From May to October I've regularly swam in Lake Michigan throughout my life. "Hardy" maybe means people who grew up here? Or people who aren't expecting the same temperatures as the Gulf?

For sure the warmest Lake Michigan beaches, by the way, and some of the most beautiful, are along the western side of Door County, WI, where I grew up. When I'd hit up the eastside beaches 10 minutes away, it was always significantly colder. I've often thought that perhaps growing up on those beaches, I've a slightly skewed perspective on Lake Michigan temperatures, though
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:55 AM
 
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Right along highway 2. I agree.
I agree with this, too. MI Upper Peninsula, Lake Michigan side.

The MI beaches on the Lower Peninsula are fine, but not great, The UP has better beaches, the problem is that they are so far from civilization and the water is freakin cold.

For the Lower Peninsula, for Lake Michigan,I would say Oval Beach in Saugatuck for the Chicago crowd, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area for the Detroit crowd (and some Chicago), and on the Lake Huron side, the area around Oscoda (mostly Michigan folks from all over).
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