Quality of LIfe Survey Link: Click here
Otsego County Historical Society. Click here for a link to facts about Otsego Lake:

Beach Monitoring

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Michigan Deparment of Environmental Quality

Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention

May 23-29, 2011, marks the seventh annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. This observance highlights simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to reduce health and safety risks at pools, water parks, and other recreational water venues.

Recreational water illness can result from ingesting, inhaling aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. These illnesses also can be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water.

This year’s observance focuses on preventing swimmer’s ear (acute otitis externa), a common and painful infection of the outer ear canal that results in 2.4 million health-care visits and nearly half a billion dollars in health-care costs every year (1). Simple steps, such as keeping ears as dry as possible, can help prevent this illness. More information on preventing swimmer’s ear is available at

Injuries and drowning also can occur in and around the water. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children aged ≤14 years (2). Additional information on drowning prevention is available at


1. CDC. Estimated burden of acute otitis externa?United States, 2003-2007. MMWR 2011;60:605-9.

2. CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Available at

Otsego Lake Rescue

For Emergencies on or near Otsege Lake CALL 911 immediately!

Animal Control 989-705-7632

DNR 989-732-3541

Gaylord City Offices 989-732-4060


Who Needs to Take Boater Safety?

Michigan conservation officers and Michigan county sheriffs encourage all persons operating boats in Michigan to enroll in a boating safety course.
The following rules apply to boaters:

  • A person who is 12 but less than 14 may operate a personal watercraft if he or she obtained a boating safety certificate before January 1, 1999.
  • Persons born after December 31, 1978 shall not operate a personal watercraft unless they obtain a boating safety certificate.
  • The operators of a personal watercraft must carry their boating safety certificate and display it upon the demand of a peace officer.Search for a Boating Safety Class in your area. Find out more information about boating in Michigan.

The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities

Michigan now offers two online boating safety classes and Exam: and