Racine's North Beach is on the list of "51 Great American Beaches" compiled by the USA TODAY newspaper.

The national newspaper asked experts to select one beach in each state and the District of Columbia.  North Beach, recommended by Madison-based author Mary Bergin, is Wisconsin's entry.

"At Racine's North Beach, everyone from beach bums to pro volleyball players share a 50-acre stretch of well-groomed sand along Lake Michigan," USA TODAY wrote. The "51 Great American Beaches" list is the latest of several accolades for North Beach. 

Other national honors include "Top 10 Family Friendly Beach" (Parents magazine) honorable mention among Great Lakes Beaches by beach expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) and Midwest Living magazine's Top City Beaches.

Following construction of runoff retention ponds and changes in how the beach was groomed, North Beach earned the Certified Blue Wave Beach designation in 2004. The beach is a popular venue for many high-profile events including the EVP Beach Sports Festival in June, the Ironman Racine 70.3 Triathlon in July and the Bikes, Boards 'n Beach Series in July.

North Beach is operated by the City of Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Located at 100 Kewaunee St. (just North of Downtown Racine), the beach is open daily. Lifeguards are on duty from mid-June through Labor Day. Free parking.

(Contact:  Paul Holley, Real Racine  paul@realracine.com  262-884-6406)