The Beach Report for August 27 to 31, 2021

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

A young girl during summer heading to a beach for a swim. (Stock photo)

Every Friday during swimming season, we post The Beach Report™ — our weekly report of the results of water quality testing at beaches in the greater Kawarthas region — and update it throughout the week as conditions change. Note: This is the final beach report for summer 2021, as health units do not test water quality in September.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials recommend staying home if you feel sick, visiting a beach close to your home to avoid unnecessary travel, bringing hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, and maintaining at least two metres of physical distance from other beachgoers.

As of Tuesday, August 31, the following beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming:

  • Beavermead (2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough)
  • Omemee Beach – Emily/Omemee (City of Kawartha Lakes)
  • Rotary Head Lake Beach – Dysart et al (Haliburton County). Note: this beach is closed.
  • Harwood Waterfront & Dock – Hamilton (Northumberland County)
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Below are the complete results of water quality testing at beaches in the City and County Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Northumberland County, and Hastings County and Prince Edward 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.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides weekly testing results for beaches in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

During the summer, local health units sample water at area beaches and test for bacteria such as E. coli to determine if the water quality at a beach is safe for public use. Popular beaches, like the beach at Roger's Cove in Peterborough's East City, are tested every business day while most other beaches are tested weekly. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
During the summer, local health units sample water at area beaches and test for bacteria such as E. coli to determine if the water quality at a beach is safe for public use. Popular beaches, like the beach at Roger’s Cove in Peterborough’s East City, are tested every business day while most other beaches are tested weekly. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

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, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. As noted above, the beaches at Rogers Cove and Beavermead are tested every business day so the results listed below may not be current.

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Peterborough City/County

City of Peterborough Beaches (sampled each business day)

Roger’s Cove (131 Maria St, Peterborough) – sample date 31 August – SAFE

Beavermead (2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough) – sample date 31 August – UNSAFE

Peterborough County Beaches (sampled weekly)

Back Dam Beach (902 Rock Rd., Warsaw, Township of Douro – Dummer) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Buckhorn (John Street, Buckhorn) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Crowe’s Line Beach (240 Crowe’s Line Rd, Harvey) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Curve Lake Lance Woods Park (Whetung St. E, Curve Lake) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Curve Lake Henry’s Gumming (Chemong St. S, Curve Lake) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Douro (205 Douro Second Line, Douro – Dummer) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Ennismore (1053 Ennis Road, Ennismore) – sample date25 August – SAFE

Hiawatha (1 Lakeshore Rd, Hiawatha) – Not Currently Open to the Public – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Jones Beach (908 Jones Beach Road, Bridgenorth) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Lakefield Park (100 Hague Boulevard, Lakefield) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Norwood (12 Belmont St, Norwood) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Sandy Lake (1239 Lakehurst Road, Municipality of Trent Lakes) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Selwyn (2251 Birch Island Road, Selwyn) – sample date 25 August – SAFE

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area (2445 Wallace Point Rd, South Monaghan) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Warsaw Caves (289 Caves Rd, Warsaw) – sample date 24 August – SAFE

Peterborough County Beaches (sampled monthly)

Belmont Lake (376 Miles of Memories Road, Belmont) – sample date 20 August – SAFE

Chandos Beach (Hwy 620, North Kawartha) – sample date 26 August – SAFE

Kasshabog Lake (431 Peninsula Road, Methuen) – sample date 26 August – SAFE

Quarry Bay (1986 Northey’s Bay Rd, Woodview) – sample date 17 August – SAFE

White’s Beach (Clearview Drive, Galway) – sample date 18 August – SAFE

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

Birch Point – Fenelon Falls – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Blanchards Road Beach – Bexley – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Bond Street – Fenelon Falls – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Burnt River Beach – Somerville – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Centennial Park Beach – West – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Centennial Verulam Beach – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Centennial Verulam Parkette – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Four Mile Lake Beach – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Head Lake Beach – Laxton – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Norland Bathing Area – Laxton – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Omemee Beach – Emily/ Omemee – sample date August 25 – UNSAFE

Riverview Beach Park – Bobycaygeon – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Sturgeon Point Beach – Fenelon Falls – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Valentia/ Sandbar Beach – Valentia – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Verulam Recreational Park – Verulam – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Beach Park – Bobycaygeon – Not currently being tested due to construction

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Haliburton County

Bissett Beach – Minden Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Dorset Parkette – Algonquin Highlands – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Eagle Lake Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Elvin Johnson Park – Algonquin Highlands – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Forsters Beach – Minden Hills – sample date August 18 – SAFE

Glamour Lake Beach – Highlands East – sample date August 18 – SAFE

Gooderham Beach – Highland East – sample date August 18 – SAFE

Haliburton Lake Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Horseshoe Beach – Minden Hills – sample date August 19 – SAFE

Paudash Lake – Highlands East – sample date August 18 – SAFE

Pine Lake Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 26 – SAFE

Rotary Head Lake Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 25 – CLOSED

Rotary Park Lagoon – Minden Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Rotary Park Main – Minden Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Sandy Cove Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Sandy Point Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Slipper Beach – Dysart et al – sample date August 19 – SAFE

Twelve Mile Lake Beach – Minden Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Wilbermere Beach – Highlands East – sample date August 18 – SAFE

 

Northumberland County

Caldwell Street Beach – Port Hope – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Harwood Waterfront & Dock – Hamilton – sample date July 22 – UNSAFE

Hastings Waterfront North – Trent Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Hastings Waterfront South – Trent Hills – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Little Lake – Cramahe – sample date August 11 – SAFE

East Beach – Port Hope – sample date August 25 – SAFE

West Beach – Port Hope – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Sandy Bay Beach – Alnwick Haldimand – sample date August 27 – SAFE

Victoria Park – Cobourg – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Wicklow Beach – Alnwick Haldimand – sample date August 25 – SAFE

Crowe Bridge Park – Trent Hills – Will not be tested as a swimming area this summer.

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Hastings County and Prince Edward County

Booster Park Beach – Crowe Lake – SAFE

Centennial Park, Deseronto – Bay of Quinte – SAFE

Centennial Park, Northport – Bay of Quinte – SAFE

Diamond Lake Beach – Diamond Lake – SAFE

Echo Beach – Papineau Lake – SAFE

Fosters Lake Beach – Fosters Lake – SAFE

Frankford Park – Trent River – SAFE

Hinterland Beach – Kaminiskeg Lake – SAFE

Kingsford Conservation Area – Salmon River – SAFE

L’Amable Lake Dam – L’Amable Lake – SAFE

Legion Park, Marmora – Crowe River – SAFE

Moira Lake Park – Moira Lake – SAFE

Riverside Park – York River – SAFE

Roblin Lake Park – Roblin Lake – SAFE

Steenburgh Lake – SAFE

Tweed Park – Stoco Lake – SAFE

Wellington Beach – Wellington Bay – SAFE

Wollaston Lake Beach – Wollaston Lake – SAFE