"Beach and Outdoor activities at Lake Michigan" Beaches and Parks Tip by machomikemd

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Lake Michigan has many beaches. The region is often referred to as the "Third Coast" of the United States, after those of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The sand is soft and off-white, known as "singing sands" because of the squeaking noise (caused by high quartz content) made when one walks across it. There are often high sand dunes covered in green beach grass and sand cherries, and the water is usually clear and cool,even in late summer. However, because prevailing westerly winds tend to move the surface water toward the east, there is a flow of warmer water to the Michigan shore in the summer. A favorite of Chicagoans is the assorted water activities and things to do along North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park and Jane Adams Memorial Park like swimming or snorkelling and even yachting and jet skis and other activities.

Phone: (312) 742-3224
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches/

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