There is nothing better than an afternoon splashing around in the water and spending time together as a family. The lakefront in Kenosha is a wonderful place to swim and relax, but it is also a powerful body of water and should be respected.
Swimming in a lake or river is not the same as swimming in a pool. An open body of water can be affected by temperature, weather, changing currents and waves. Swimming in an open body of water can quickly exhaust your energy and strength. It is important to know before you go by checking reports of Lake Michigan’s waves and currents, water temperature, and the area’s weather forecast.
Waves and Current
Even though it is hundreds of miles inland, Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes are so large that they act like oceans, being pushed and pulled by the wind which can create strong currents along harbors, shorelines and piers. Wave and water related danger increases significantly when waves are 3 feet or larger. Dangerous currents can pull swimmers into deeper water and high waves can sweep people off piers. On days where Lake Michigan waves are big consider staying out of the water.
The National Weather Service Beach Hazards website will let you know the swim risk on Lake Michigan is low, moderate, or high. http://www.weather/GreatLakes/beachhazards
Water heats much more slowly than air. Lake Michigan takes a while to warm up due to the large amount of water that must be heated. It can remain cold throughout the first part of the summer. Anything below 77 degrees Fahrenheit is considered cold and has swimming risks.
You should be prepared for going into cold water as it can cause shock to the body, even for the strongest swimmer and can make it hard to swim or even float. It also has an increased risk of hypothermia.
Lake Michigan water temperature can be found here: https://seatemperature.net/current/united-states/kenosha-wisconsin-united-states-sea-temperature