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Grand Traverse and Benzie/Leelanau Health Departments have lifted advisories for three Traverse City beaches and Suttons Bay Marina after results today showed lower E.coli levels.

Traverse City Senior Center, Clinch Park and Traverse City State Park are now cleared for swimming.

On Thursday, the Health Departments announced the advisories, saying the water levels in the areas were at levels 2 and 3. At level 2, the departments say beachgoers should only go waist-deep in the water and at a level 3 advisory they advise avoiding the water entirely.

Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

Several beaches in northern Michigan are under advisories for E. coli contamination.

Beaches at Clinch Park, Traverse City State Park and Suttons Bay Marina are under level 2 advisories. That means beachgoers should avoid contact with the water above the waist.

The Traverse Senior Center Beach is under a level 3 advisory, meaning visitors should avoid all contact with the water.

Environmental Health Director for the Grand Traverse County Health Department Daniel Thorell says that more testing will be done Friday morning.

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Update: The U.S. Forest Service says the ban may still go into effect next summer, but it is one of several options they are pursuing.

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According to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, there were 118 drowning deaths in the Great Lakes last year; a record high for the past decade. This year follows a similar pattern, with 11 drowning deaths by the beginning of June. 

 

Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, encourages swimmers to be aware of swimmer safety protocols. 

 

Morgan Springer

I’m staying at D. H. Day Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with family. My uncle, aunt and three cousins are visiting from New York. It’s a perfect evening – in my opinion –  at Site 15. Somewhat cool; sweaters and socks weather. The sky is flecked with stars, and the peepers are out. We sit around around the fire roasting marshmallows for the classic camping dessert: s'mores. 

James Thomas and Seth Siladke

A pair of long-distance hikers just returned home to Traverse City after attempting to hike the entire length of the North Country Trail. The trail isn’t as well-known as the Appalachian Trail but at 4,600 miles, it’s more than twice as long.

Braving Conditions

Dec 27, 2013
Linda Stephan

About 65,000 Michiganders are still without power after the weekend storm. The ice that caused most of the damage was to our south... but roads were pretty rough in Traverse City Sunday midday. That's when we snapped this picture of two bikers and a runner braving conditions on Bay Street! The bikers were using something new called "fat tires." We talked about the new biking phenomenon earlier this year.

Fat Tires Catch On Up North

Mar 8, 2013
Courtesy of Einstein Cycles

This winter you may have noticed bikes with unusually fat tires rolling around northern Michigan. Jason Lowetz says sales of fat tire bikes took off this year. Lowetz owns Einstein Cycles in Traverse City. He says the fat tires allow riders to "float" on sand and snow.