Swim Area Update - 10/17/19
Long Lake Park Closed for Swimming
The beach and swimming area at Long Lake Park are closed. Thurston County Health Department is in the process of testing the water to determine if algae toxins are present. They will continue testing water samples, weekly. The swim area will remain closed until a minimum of two results are under the advisory level of toxins for safe swimming.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, a combination of warm temperatures, sunlight, and nutrient-rich waters can cause blue-green algae to reproduce rapidly, known as "blooming." Blue-green blooms usually float to the surface and can be several inches thick near the shoreline. Some blue-green algae can produce toxins or poisons, potentially causing illness in humans, pets, and other animals that are exposed to it.
Updated information will continue to be posted on this site as it becomes available.
To learn more about blue-green algae visit, Thurston County Environmental Health or doh.wa.gov/ehp/algae