The dog days of summer have certainly arrived, and residents and visitors to the region are finding relief in the cool waters of Lake Superior.
The lake has warmed enough for swimmers to take a plunge and boats can be seen cutting through the water. These crafts run the gamut from large cruise boats like the one carrying passengers across the near-shore waters of Superior out of Marquette to canoes and kayaks.
A trip on the lake can be refreshing and enjoyable as the shoreline varies from sandy beaches to sandstone cliffs and cool lake breezes counteract hot temperatures.
However, the lake can change from a calm, welcoming body of water to a choppy, foreboding one in minutes.
This fact became evident to a group of kayakers out on Munising Bay last weekend, when five people had to be rescued from Grand Island.
Luckily, quick response from personnel at the Alger County Sheriff's Office and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore averted a tragedy and resulted in all the kayakers making it back to shore safely.
Officials are using the incident to warn kayakers, as well as others who venture out onto the lake, to be aware of the dangers and "proper equipment and training are needed for safety on the lake."
The U.S. Coast Guard also has some safety tips for boaters, including:
Spending hot summer days on Lake Superior can be a wonderful way to deal with the heat, and being extra careful and taking the proper safety measures can make it that much more enjoyable.