Southern Lake Michigan Water Safety

PictureLake Michigan is a great place to enjoy a day at the beach. Unfortunately, southern Lake Michigan has the highest rate of drowning in the Great Lakes. Rapidly changing conditions, an uneven lake bottom, and dangerous currents can catch the most skilled swimmer, boater, or angler off guard.

The Southern Lake Michigan Water Safety Task Force brings together a variety of organizations, including Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant; federal, state, and municipal governments; and individuals interested in promoting the safe use of Lake Michigan waters. These groups are collaborating to share knowledge and resources and provide public education on water safety.

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Contact Info

Topic Specialist

Leslie Dorworth
Aquatic Ecology Specialist

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Kristin TePas
Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Coordinator and Great Lakes Outreach Specialist
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