Algoma Public Health has issued a swimming advisory for:
- Big Point Park, located in Hilton Township on St. Joseph Island
- Beech Beach, located in Jocelyn Township on St. Joseph Island
The test results of water samples taken on July 23, 2017 exceeded the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s bacteriological guidelines for safe swimming/bathing. It is unsafe to swim at beaches with increased levels of bacteria. When sample results return to safe parameters, the swimming advisory will be removed.
Before swimming, take into consideration the past day’s weather and the current conditions of the beach. Water may contain high levels of bacteria for up to 48 hours following heavy rainfall, high winds, or increased number of waterfowl. The public is encouraged to visit the Beach Warnings section on our website to view an interactive map of the beaches sampled and any current warnings or postings.
Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming. They let swimmers know about the water conditions the day the sample was taken. Swimming in water with high levels of E. coli can cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections, as well as stomach illness.
To reduce your risk:
- Avoid swallowing beach water
- Towel off after a swim
- Shower once at home
Learn more about recreational water.