Precautionary Beach Closure Near Copper Harbor

July 20th–Copper Harbor: Western U.P. Health Department continues to maintain a precautionary beach closure for Lighthouse Overlook Beach on Lake Superior in Copper Harbor, MI. Grant Township began a discharge of their sewage lagoon on July 9. Municipal sewage lagoons are regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The public should avoid swimming and other water recreation where there is high likelihood of water contact near the sewage lagoon discharge and at the Lighthouse Overlook Beach, across the road from Fort Wilkins State Park.

The public should be aware that Grant Township is fully cooperating with MDEQ and working diligently to correct the issue with the lagoon. The Health Department is continuing to monitor the surface water areas affected. This precautionary beach closure advisory remains in effect until lagoon modifications and treatment have been completed, and results from sampling verify the water is safe for body contact.

Routine sampling conducted by the Health Department has confirmed that all other locations in and around Copper Harbor are safe for swimming and recreation. These locations include: Copper Harbor Marina, Hunter’s Point, and Lake Fanny Hooe. If you have questions regarding the Copper Harbor lagoon system, contact Grant Township at 906-289-4292 or MDEQ at 906-228-4853.