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Forecasters warn of strong rip currents along Lake Michigan shoreline

The National Weather Service is warning of strong rip currents at Lake Michigan beaches in Cook and Lake counties through Thursday night.

September 05, 2013 7:23 am
Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

Rip current warning issued for Lake Michigan beaches

A beach hazards statement issued Tuesday warning of life-threatening rip currents at Lake Michigan beaches continues through 11 a.m. Wednesday.

August 14, 2013 7:30 am Photos

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Dangerous waves, rip currents expected at area beaches

Dangerous waves, rip currents expected at area beaches

Dangerous waves reaching 15 feet and life-threatening rip currents are expected at beaches from Chicago to LaPorte County through Wednesday night, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday.

July 23, 2013 7:22 am Photos

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Lab results on substance found floating in Lake Michigan could take weeks

Answers to questions surrounding a mysterious glittery film found floating in Lake Michigan on Monday may not come for another two weeks or more.

June 21, 2013 8:09 am
State narrows in on substance that closed beaches

State narrows in on substance that closed beaches

PORTER | State officials said Tuesday they think they know the source of the substance found floating in Lake Michigan on Monday that closed beaches in Porter.

June 18, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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My five favorite family beaches

While working on a piece for the The Times this past week on some of the beaches in Northwest Indiana, I recalled some of the fun trips our family has taken to the beaches of Lake Michigan.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
California's Coronado named nation's best beach

California's Coronado named nation's best beach

Like a Hollywood star, Coronado's 1.5 mile-long beach literally sparkles, thanks to the mineral mica glinting in its sand.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am

Indiana's beach monitoring funding in jeopardy

HAMMOND | Federal dollars that exclusively fund the state program that monitors Lake Michigan beaches for contaminants could be lost to budget cuts, officials with the program said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 2:30 pm

Mobile alert system for Indiana beach closures available

A new system to alert Indiana beachgoers to conditions and closures due to E. coli contamination is now in effect with the start of the summer season. 

May 28, 2011 11:07 am
The never-ending debate about dogs on the beach

The never-ending debate about dogs on the beach

Few things are as sacred to Americans as their pets. Our routines enmeshed, dogs, cats, even birds become virtual members of the family. Many admit it is more difficult to lose a pet than a loved one. Dogs are unique in that they can go places with us. They become invaluable companions. A "b…

May 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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The art of sand sculpting

The art of sand sculpting

For most adults, the concept of summer vacation is but a shadow of its former self. The cruelly brief five-day sojourns that working folk manage to carve out of their hectic schedules may indeed share a name with those long-ago three-month spans of blissful freedom and frivolity between acad…

May 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Volunteers hold fall cleanup Saturday on lake beaches

Want to get out to the beach one last time before the weather changes? The Alliance for the Great Lakes encourages residents to turn out Saturday for their last beach hurrah, but instead of swimsuits and beach towels, beachgoers should be armed with trash bags.

September 24, 2010 12:00 am

Dunes officials lift advisory for swimmers at Lake View Beach

PORTER | A swimming advisory for Lake View Beach has been lifted, after a series of tests conducted Friday showed it meeting water quality standards.

August 07, 2010 4:15 pm

Lake County has state's dirtiest beaches

Lake County has the state's dirtiest beaches, according to an annual beachwater quality report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

July 29, 2010 12:00 am

Dunes National Lakeshore beaches safe for swimming

All Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches are open and safe for swimming, the National Park Service's weekly beach monitoring report revealed Thursday morning.

July 01, 2010 10:27 am

Mt. Baldy, Lake View beaches OK for swimming

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore said Saturday its Mt. Baldy and Lake View beach areas are now safe for swimming.

June 26, 2010 2:00 pm

Bacteria level still high at Lake View, Mount Baldy beaches

PORTER | Officials are advising against swimming at two Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches after water testing Thursday continued to show high levels of E. coli bacteria.

June 25, 2010 2:00 pm

Officials advise against swimming at Mount Baldy beach

PORTER | Officials are advising against swimming at one Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beach after water testing showed high levels of E. coli bacteria.

June 18, 2010 12:00 am

Mount Baldy, Kemil beaches safe for swimming

PORTER | Bacteria levels at two Lake Michigan beaches returned to safe levels Thursday after testing on Wednesday show elevated levels of E. coli.

June 04, 2010 9:45 am

Bacteria high at two Lake Michigan beaches

PORTER | Officials are advising against swimming at two Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches after water testing showed high levels of E. coli bacteria.

June 04, 2010 12:00 am
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