The Beach Report for August 3 – 9, 2018

Water quality testing results for beaches in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland

Young children are among those most susceptible to infections caused bacteria in water, so always check water quality conditions before taking your family to a Kawarthas-area beach.
Young children are among those most susceptible to infections caused bacteria in water, so always check water quality conditions before taking your family to a Kawarthas-area beach.

Every Friday during swimming season, we post a weekly report of the results of water quality testing at beaches in the Kawarthas and update it throughout the week.

As of August 3, 2018, the following beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming:

  • Squirrel Creek Conservation Area, Peterborough County
  • Omemee Beach, City of Kawartha Lakes

Here are the complete results of water quality testing at beaches in Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and Northumberland County.

In the City of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Health Inspectors sample the beaches at Rogers Cove and Beavermead every business day, and public beaches in the County of Peterborough are sampled at least once a week (except for Chandos Beach, Quarry Bay Beach, and White’s Beach which are sampled at least once in June, July, and August).

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides weekly testing results for beaches in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and Northumberland County. Testing is based on the most recent test results from the provincial lab in Peterborough for water samples taken from these beaches.

Peterborough Public Health samples the water quality of popular city beaches at Rogers Cove and Beavermead every business day during the summer. The health unit will post signage if a beach is unsafe for swimming, such as this sign at Rogers Cove from last year. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)
Peterborough Public Health samples the water quality of popular city beaches at Rogers Cove and Beavermead every business day during the summer. The health unit will post signage if a beach is unsafe for swimming, such as this sign at Rogers Cove from last year. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Important note

The following test results may not reflect current water quality conditions. Water samples can take one to three days to process and heavy rainfall, high winds or wave activity, large numbers of waterfowl near a beach, or large numbers of swimmers can rapidly change water quality.

You should always check current conditions before deciding to use a beach. You should also monitor other factors that might suggest a beach is unsafe to use, such as floating debris, oil, discoloured water, bad odours, and excessive weed growth.

While we strive to update this story with the current conditions, you should confirm the most recent test results by visiting the local health unit websites at Peterborough Public Health and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. As noted above, the beaches at Rogers Cove and Beavermead are tested every business day so the results listed below may not be current.

 

Peterborough City/County

City of Peterborough Beaches (sampled each business day)

Roger’s Cove (131 Maria St, Peterborough) – SAFE

Beavermead (2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough) – SAFE

Peterborough County Beaches (sampled weekly)

Back Dam Beach (902 Rock Rd., Warsaw, Township of Douro-Dummer) – SAFE

Buckhorn (John Street, Buckhorn) – SAFE

Crowe’s Line Beach (240 Crowe’s Line Rd, Harvey) – SAFE

Curve Lake Lance Woods Park (Chemong St S, Curve Lake) – SAFE

Curve Lake Henry’s Gumming (Whetung St E, Curve Lake) – SAFE

Douro (205 Douro Second Line, Douro-Dummer) – SAFE

Ennismore (1053 Ennis Road, Ennismore) – SAFE

Hiawatha (1 Lakeshore Rd, Hiawatha) – SAFE

Jones Beach (908 Jones Beach Road, Bridgenorth) – SAFE

Lakefield Park (100 Hague Boulevard, Lakefield) – SAFE

Norwood (12 Belmont St, Norwood) – SAFE

Sandy Lake (1239 Lakehurst Road, Municipality of Trent Lakes) – SAFE

Selwyn (2251 Birch Island Road, Selwyn) – SAFE

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area (2445 Wallace Point Rd, South Monaghan) – UNSAFE

Warsaw Caves (289 Caves Rd, Warsaw) – SAFE

Peterborough County Beaches (sampled monthly)

Belmont Lake (376 Miles of Memories Road, Belmont) – SAFE

Chandos Beach (Hwy 620, North Kawartha) – SAFE

Kasshabog Lake (431 Peninsula Road, Methune) – SAFE

Quarry Bay (1986 Northey’s Bay Rd, Woodview) – SAFE

White’s Beach (Clearview Drive, Galway) – SAFE

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

Bexley Township Area

Blanchard’s Road Beach – OPEN

Bobcaygeon Area

Beach Park – OPEN

Riverview Beach Park – OPEN

Eldon Township Area

Centennial Park West – OPEN

Emily/Omemee Area

Omemee Beach – POSTED

Fenelon Falls Area

Birch Point – OPEN

Bond Street – OPEN

Sturgeon Point Beach – OPEN

Laxton Township Area

Head Lake – OPEN

Norland Bathing Area – OPEN

Mariposa Township Area

Valentia Beach (aka Sandbar Beach) – OPEN

Somerville Township Area

Burnt River Beach – Somerville – OPEN

Burnt River Four Mile Lake – OPEN

Verulam Township Area

Centennial Beach – OPEN

Verulam Recreational Park – OPEN

 

Haliburton County

Algonquin Highlands Area

Dorset Parkette – OPEN

Elvin Johnson Park (aka Stanhope Beach) – OPEN

Dysart et al Area

Eagle Lake Beach – OPEN

Haliburton Lake South Bay – OPEN

Sand Point (aka Indian Point) – OPEN

Pine Lake Beach – OPEN

Sandy Cove Beach – OPEN

Silver Lake (aka Kashawigamog Lake) – OPEN

Highlands East Area

Gooderham Beach – OPEN

Paudash Lake Beach – OPEN

Lake Wilbermere Beach – OPEN

Glamour Lake Beach – OPEN

Minden Hills Area

Bissett Beach – OPEN

Little Horseshoe Lake Beach – OPEN

Minden Rotary Lagoon Beach – OPEN

Minden Rotary Main Beach – OPEN

Twelve Mile Lake Beach – OPEN

 

Northumberland County

Brighton Area

Cedardale – OPEN

Little Lake – OPEN

Campbellford Area

Crowe Bay Fun Park – OPEN

Hastings North – OPEN

Hastings South – OPEN

Seymour Conservation Area – OPEN

Port Hope/Cobourg Area

Bewdley Beach – OPEN

Harwood Beach – OPEN

Port Hope Beach East – OPEN

Port Hope Beach West – OPEN

Sandy Bay Park – OPEN

Victoria Beach (Cobourg) – OPEN

Wicklow Beach – OPEN

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