Presque Isle State Park officials have announced that swimming advisories in effect have all been lifted. The beaches now free of advisories are Barracks Beach, Beach #6 , Beach #7, the Mill Road Beaches, Beach #9, Beach #10 and Beach #11.
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.
A Precautionary Swimming Advisory will stay in effect 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.
Presque Isle has thirteen regulated swimming beaches, which are available for swimming from 10 or noon until 7:30 pm daily.