GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Freezing temperatures for this long mean icy lakeshores.
Some of the photos out there are beautiful, but officials want to remind you they're not worth taking any risks.
“It might look safe; it’s never safe, because of the wave action. The ice might be different in different spots. Stay off Lake Michigan,” Director of Grand Haven Public Safety Jeff Hawke said.
It's enough of a sight to see for Alisha Martinus to take her three kids out to the beach Tuesday. But they made sure to stay clear of the pier.
“We’re here a lot in the summertime...it’s a completely different experience,” Martius said. “We don’t get very many sunny days here, so today is the perfect day to come out and check out the ice."
Jenna Gee, a professional photographer, says all of her images captured along the lake are done from a safe distance, something she hopes other photographers consider as well. Her favorite photo this year is one of the icicles that wouldn't have lasted too long at Pere Marquette beach in Muskegon.
“It’s like the wind pushed the icicles. I thought, 'I better go out and get this shot before little kids come and crack them all off,'” Gee said.
Because, like all beautiful things, the ice at the lakeshore won't last forever. But when it melts, it's a sign West Michigan's best season is almost here: summer.