GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re planning on heading out on the lake Saturday, be aware of hazardous swimming conditions.

A Beach Hazards Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan, and Van Buren counties through Sunday morning.

Wave heights are expected to be near 3 to 6 feet and diminish in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Storm Team 8 is forecasting a warm Saturday with winds picking up from the northwest at 15-20 mph. Several isolated showers or storms are possible due to a slow-moving, weak cold front passing through.  

Keep in mind that high waves can sweep people off piers, and strong currents can pull swimmers into deeper water.


Make sure you check the flags flying at the beach to see what color they are. Swimmers are advised to exercise caution when a yellow flag is displayed. Red flags indicate no swimming.