Indiana Beach Program
Lake Michigan Beach Monitoring and Notification Program
Indiana's beaches are a wonderful place to play, watch wildlife, fish, and swim. Lake Michigan is an important resource to many people. Human activity impacts beach water quality. Polluted waters may contain disease-causing pathogens such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. Contaminated beach water has the potential to make swimmers sick and closures due to water quality issues can have a negative impact on Indiana’s economy.
The U.S. Congress enacted the BEACH Act to protect public health at our nation’s coastal beaches. To safeguard beachgoers, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and local organizations established the Lake Michigan Beach Monitoring and Notification Program with BEACH Act funding. IDEM partners with beach managers who monitor Lake Michigan beaches for E. coli and notify the public when beaches are closed or under advisory due to water contamination.
Hoosiers can help prevent pollution and protect Lake Michigan's ecosystem so present and future generations can enjoy Indiana’s unique coastline environment.
Before you head to the beach, check the Indiana BeachGuard Monitoring and Notification System (BeachGuard) for:
- Beach water contamination advisories and beach closures
- Maps and directions to beaches
- Links to organizations that monitor beach water quality
- Monitoring schedules
- Test results for E. coli bacteria
Mobile phone and tablet users can access BeachGuard through BeachAlert:
These additional resources are also available for beachgoers:
- Beach health and safety
- Weather and air quality
- Tourism and visitor information
- Protection and restoration of Lake Michigan’s ecosystem