Lake Michigan Buoy Bolsters Hazards and Safety Outreach

A buoy funded by NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program supplied critical information to help keep beachgoers and recreational boaters safe along Lake Michigan’s most popular coastline.

Over 181 days of deployment off South Haven’s shores, the buoy’s observations often were used by NOAA’s National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids, which issued 60 small-craft warnings. A huge hit with online audiences, the buoy generated 220,000 online data and image requests at the Great Lakes Buoys site, 167,000 at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center site, and 40,000 at the webcam site (now archived).

Recognizing the buoy’s importance as part of a regional nearshore network, South Haven and community organizations secured the funds needed to support permanent buoy operation and maintenance. (2017)

Partners: Great Lakes Buoys, LimnoTech, NOAA National Data Buoy Center