Swim beach closed at Blue Marsh Lake due to high levels of e-coli bacteria

Update: July 13, 2024 at 11:30 AM: The swimming area at Blue Marsh Lake’s Dry Brooks Day Use Area is now open for public use. Water quality test results now indicate that E. Coli bacteria levels have returned to a level that meets state standards for swim beaches. The public is reminded that swimming at Blue Marsh Lake is at one’s own risk, and lifeguards are not on duty.

Original post: Swimming at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area of Blue Marsh Lake is currently restricted due to high bacteria levels. Two weeks ago, the swimming area closed on June 28th and reopened July 2nd for the same reason.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that Water sample results obtained from testing over the weekend indicated high levels of e-coli bacteria.

The swim beach will remain closed until bacteria levels return to a safe level for public use. This restriction applies to Theo designated swim area. Picnicking, boating, and other activities are not currently restricted.

Visitors that choose to enter the water for activities in other areas of the lake are reminded that the water is not tested, and that swimming at Blue Marsh Lake is at one’s own risk. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

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