The first official day of summer is June 20th. As temperatures rise, we are going to need to cool off.

They don't call Michigan the Great Lakes State for nothing. We seem to have it all in terms of water, and that includes a lot of great local beaches.

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When I was a kid my parents took us most often to Silver Lake Park in Linden. There was and still is a great beach for swimming, a play area, pavilions for parties, picnic tables, grills, and a concession stand.

Byram Park, which has since been renamed Clover Beach, also in Linden. As you can see my parents were not much into traveling. The closer the beach, the better as far as they were concerned.

You do not have to travel far from Genesee County,  Lapeer County, or Oakland County to enjoy fun in the sun. Who wants to drive two or three-plus hours when we have plenty of spots to swim locally.

Here are a few that come to mind,

  • Seven Lakes State Park in Holly
  • Bluebell Beach in Flint
  • Oxford Beach in Charter Township
  • Zemmer Park in Columbiaville

So that is obviously a very shortlist. Maybe I didn't name your favorite spot, if not feel free to share. Not everyone has the luxury of a destination summer vacation, so all of your suggestions will be beneficial for a lot of local families. Let me know where your favorite spots are.

Life's a beach, let's get out there and enjoy it this summer.

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