Lake Michigan Water Temperature

(Today) 2024

3.3°C / 37.9°F

The water will feel freezing / baltic. You would have to be insane or getting paid to want to get in water this cold! If you do make sure you are wearing a top end drysuit and all the accessories.

Current weather

3°C / 37°F
(clear sky)
Partly cloudy
Wind
25 mph
Humidity
71%

The measurements for the water temperature in Lake Michigan, Michigan are provided by the daily satellite readings provided by the NOAA. The temperatures given are the sea surface temperature (SST) which is most relevant to recreational users.

Water temp by month

Monthly average max / min water temperatures

The graph below shows the range of monthly Lake Michigan water temperature derived from many years of historical sea surface temperature data.

Lake Michigan average maximum / minimum water temperatures
Maximum and minimum monthly sea temperatures in Lake Michigan
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 2.4 1.4 1.2 2.1 2.1 4.9 14.9 19.4 16.1 9 4.6 1.7
Max °C 4.5 4 4.2 4.8 7.4 17.8 24.3 23.5 22.6 16.3 11.7 7.6
Min °F 37.1 35.6 35.4 36.8 37.9 45.9 62.6 68.5 63.5 51.1 43.1 37.4
Max °F 39.2 38.2 38.4 39.5 43.2 58.8 72 72.6 70 58.4 50.2 43.3

The warmest water temperature is in August with an average around 70.5°F / 21.4°C. The coldest month is February with an average water temperature of 36.9°F / 2.7°C.