Precautionary Swimming Advisory Issued

Published 06/18 2014 01:15PM

Updated 06/18 2014 01:19PM

June 18th, 2014, a “ Precautionary Swimming Advisory” has been posted for  Beach #1 and Barracks Beach. This is based on results from the predictive model as a result of recent rain and storm events.

For public safety, testing of swimming waters is performed twice weekly. According to Erie County Department of Health protocol, if E. coli counts are between 235 and 999 per 100 milliliters of water, a Swimming Advisory is posted on that beach.

Testing has begun and will be performed daily. A Precautionary Swimming Advisory will remain until a bacteria count of 235 or less is obtained. Beach areas posted under a Precautionary Swimming Advisory are still open to the public for swimming, sunbathing and other recreational opportunities.

During a Swimming Advisory, to reduce the risk of illness, it is recommended that beach users take the following precautions:
•Avoid swallowing lake water.
•Wash your hands before handling food.
•Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound, or if you are experiencing an illness.
•Minimize water contact if lake levels are high, heavy rains have just ended, or strong winds are blowing from the west.

This Precautionary Advisory only affects Beaches listed above. Presque Isle has thirteen regulated swimming beaches. The remaining beaches are all open and are available for swimming from 12 noon to 7:30 pm daily.

In addition to the 7 miles of wide sandy surf-type swimming beaches, Presque Isle State Park has been nationally recognized for its 13.5 mile paved multi-purpose trail encircling the peninsula which provides outstanding scenic vistas of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie and is enjoyed by bicyclists, in-line skaters, joggers and walkers alike. Fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, picnicking and an array of winter sports activities are but a few of the recreational opportunities that are available year round at Presque Isle State Park.

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