WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA – Western U.P. Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality at 41 locations throughout the Western Upper Peninsula. Based on the most recent lab results, 19 beach locations are classified as open and safe for swimming, and five additional locations are open with advisories to swim at your own risk. Seventeen sites are closed for swimming due to unsafe levels of harmful bacteria.
Current results for all beaches are from samples collected before the torrential rains that fell around midday on Friday, June 29. Results for beach locations that experienced heavy rain on Friday may no longer be valid. Heavy rain events may result in increased bacteria levels due to runoff. The public is advised to swim at their own risk at all beach locations that are open or under advisory. To prevent illness, people should avoid ingesting water whenever swimming in lakes.
To view a list of beaches being tested and the current status for each, visit www.wupdhd.org.