SHAES red beach flag photo

A beach flag attendant for South Haven Area Emergency Services raises a red flag at South Haven’s South Beach in 2021 to warn swimmers of dangerous conditions on Lake Michigan.

If you’ve ever been to a beach in West Michigan, you’ve probably noticed the flags that fly which gives an indication about the water conditions along Lake Michigan.

Green means swimming conditions are good, yellow means use caution and red is a warning to not swim.

Red Flags

Signs at Holland State Park explain the flag warning system in English and Spanish. 

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