4 Michigan lakes are among the top 10 for swimming in America

Best Time to Visit Lakes in Michigan:

The best time to visit the lakes in Michigan for swimming and recreation is in the summer months of June, July, August, and September. These are your best months for warm beach weather, access to recreational rentals that are open for things like kayaks, attractions and amenities that are fully open, and ferries that are running to the islands.

Average temperatures during these months range from 76 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with the sweet spot being mid-June through mid-August when you have the warmest air and water temperatures.

July is the hottest, muggiest, and wettest month on Lake Michigan, which has many of the state's most popular beaches, so you might have to consider some indoor backup plans if you go during the height of the summer season.

If you are visiting Michigan's lakes for the scenery more than the swimming and recreation, then visiting between mid-September and mid-October will not disappoint. The weather cools significantly by the end of September into the mid-60s when the fall foliage begins to peak, starting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.