Erie, Pa. (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — A Presque Isle State Park beach is now closed for the rest of the swimming season.
Beach 11 has been closed down, according to the Erie County Department of Health. The season runs from the Saturday before Memorial Day until Labor Day.
The beach was previously on a restricted swimming notice due to high E. coli levels. Beach water is sampled two times a week and taken back for tests in compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations.
Matt Greene, park operations manager at Presque Isle, explained that the beach was dealing with the high E. coli levels and testing was underway. However, with how close the swimming season is to ending and with Labor Day weekend around the corner, the park has decided to close Beach 11 early as a safe measure.
While Beach 11 has shut down, Beaches 6 and 8 will be open as designated swimming areas throughout the Labor Day weekend.
Other Presque Isle beaches are open for recreational use for families and friends to enjoy the weekend. However, visitors are advised not to swim in those waters and only swim out on Beaches 6 and 8, according to Presque Isle’s park operations manager Matt Greene.
Stay observant of the signs at the entrance of the park for daily updated information as to what beaches are open and guarded for swimming.
Check up on the updated Presque Isle map for current beach and algal bloom advisories below:
To learn more about current advisories or E. coli, you can contact the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6700, the Presque Isle State Park Office at 814-833-7424 or visit the CDC’s information page.