Here are some links for weather/lake conditions for South Manitou that Jim S. sent out last year.
Including a series of links covering weather/lake conditions in the area.
· Weather Underground - https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/mi/glen-arbor
Marine Forecast - Near Shore Forecast off of Glen Arbor (Only goes out 2 days) LMZ344
· Off Shore Forecast (More than 5 miles from shore – Goes out 5 days)-
· A Map of Lake Michigan showing predicted Wave Height out 5 days.
· Point Forecast for the area between South Manitou and Glen Haven Lighthouse
· A Map of Lake Michigan showing predicted Surface Temperature out 5 days.
· Magic Seaweed for Empire MI Surf Report
General Info for anyone with a VHF Radio - Mapping of Marine Radio Weather Channel numbers to Frequencies
WX1 - 162.550 MHz
WX2 - 162.400 MHz
WX3 - 162.475 MHz
WX4 - 162.425 MHz
WX5 - 162.450 MHz
WX6 - 162.500 MHz
WX7 - 162.525 MHz
We will use WX2 on Manitou Islands.
A few more links of interest for South Manitou:
A different source showing current Surface Water temperature in a more usable form
Currently, in the mid to high sixties.
Be prepared to filter water or tote it all of the way from the Boat House near the Lighthouse to the Campground:
For NPS Site: ***WATER PUMP CHANGE ON SOUTH MANITOU: THE ONLY POTABLE WATER ON THE ISLAND IS IN THE VILLAGE BEHIND THE BOATHOUSE. NONE OF THE CAMPGROUNDS ON SOUTH MANITOU HAVE POTABLE WATER. AND THE NPS IS NOT FIXING THE PUMPS. PREPARE TO CARRY, BOIL, PURIFY YOUR WATER IF CAMPING AT WEATHER STATION, BAY CAMPGROUND AND POPPLE CAMPGROUND. CURRENTLY, THE ONLY WATER ON SOUTH MANITOU IS IN THE VILLAGE.
Links to Friends of Sleeping Bear which has some history, tour guides and maps available for download. To either print or save to your phone.
Here is a video on getting in and out of the surf zone. Albeit, there is not a surf zone on Eagle Ceek or Geist but I know that people have upcoming trips to Lake Michigan and you may be able to practice on these trips.
Additional link that we used on South Manitou to monitor shipping traffic thru Manitou Passage.
Background image provided by Karl Zemlin www.zemlinphoto.com
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