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Best Open Water Swimming Lakes and Rivers Near Grand Rapids, Michigan

We review the best public areas to open water swim in preparation for open water swimming events or triathlons within driving distance of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please check local conditions and regulations at these beaches as rules and suitability can change from what is described here. I suggest using a bright colored swimming cap and personal buoy for visibility in areas that boats are present.


Bostwick Lake, Lowell



Very convenient small parking area, which is rarely full, with a short walk to some stairs to the beach. While usually pretty quiet with boat traffic I prefer to stick to the perimeter if there are boats around. It's a little reedy of the northern side but generally pretty clean and clear. If you do the full perimeter you can get a nice almost 4000 yd swim in.

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