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Beach & Lakes Water Testing

The Niagara County Department of Health test beaches and bathing areas within Niagara County weekly throughout the summer to determine if the water quality can cause a health risk.

Testing is also performed at several other locations along the Lake to monitor water quality and that information may be helpful to residents along the Lake, boaters and the recreational community.

Testing Result will determine whether a swimming area will remain open or designated as Unsafe to to swim or Beach Closed.

Results will be posted on this website.  Check back weekly for updates.

Definitions                                                                                          

Open

Beach is open for swimming.

Unsafe to Swim

It is unsafe to swim, but the beach remains open.

Beach Closed

Beach is closed to the public. 

No access to the beach, sand or swimming.

Beaches are posted unsafe to swim or closed when water tests show unacceptable levels of E. Coli bacteria present.

The beach may also be unsafe because of floating debris, oil, excessive weed growth, bad odors and general turbidity.

Swimming in these waters could cause infections of the ear, eye, nose throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.

Current Beach Status: (Last update 07/25/2014)  

Check with the beach owner for current conditions.

Lake Ontario Beaches:

Status
Name
Address/Map
Current Weather

 

Camp Kenan Beach

 

8571 Lower Lake Road Barker, NY


 

Olcott Beach

 

6108 Lake Road

Olcott, NY

Beach Open

 

Wilson Tuscarora State Park

 

West Lake Road

Wilson NY

Lake Ontario beaches may also be closed by the owner due to reason's other then those listed above.

Inland Lake Beaches:

Status
Name
Address/Map
Current Weather

Open for Swimming

 

Hartland Cove Campground

 

2383 Hartland Road

Gasport, NY

Open for Swimming

 

Niagara County Camping Resort

 

7369 Wheeler Road

Lockport, NY

 

Niagara Lazy Lakes Campground

 

4312 Church Road

Lockport, NY

Campground beaches may also be closed by the owner due to reason's other then those listed above.

These beaches are part of the camping experience and are restricted to campers.

Other Lake Ontario testing locations:

Status
Name
Address/Map
Current Weather

 

Satisfactory

 

Fort Niagara State Park

 

1 Maintenance Ave

Youngstown, NY

 

Satisfactory

 

Four Mile Creek State Park

 

Lake Road

Porter, NY

 

Satisfactory

 

Lighthouse Christian Camp

 

9575 Somerset Drive

Barker, NY

 

Satisfactory

 

Porter On the Lake Town Park

 

Dietz Road

Youngstown, NY

We are testing for E Coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria, once a week, at both a shallow depth and a deep depth at each site. The standard for E. coli is 235 E.coli per 100ml of freshwater for a single sample and 126 E.coli per 100ml of freshwater as a logarithmic mean of all samples over a 30 day period. The bathing beach standards are covered in Part 6 of the NYS/Niagara County Sanitary Code and include a whole host of requirement besides water quality. The website for the code is: Health NY Gov