Environmental Health staff manage the collection of water samples from the 12 public beaches throughout Livingston County from Memorial Day through September. To protect public health and to prevent the spread of disease, the samples are analyzed for E. Coli bacteria levels. The Michigan Public Health Code sets limits for levels of bacteria at bathing beaches open to the public. If the levels detected during monitoring exceed these limits, the risk of illness increases. Beaches are closed if deemed unsafe to public health.
Public Beaches in Livingston County:
Brighton Recreation Area:
Bishop Lake Beach, Hamburg Township
Island Lake Recreation Area:
Kent Lake Beach, Brighton Township
Spring Mill Pond Beach, Brighton Township
City of Howell - Parks & Recreation:
Thompson Lake, City of Howell
Livingston County also manages the collection of water samples from other beaches located within private membership resorts or part of children’s campgrounds.
Information regarding swimming safety in private lakes and ponds
Information regarding E. Coli.