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Beach & Lakes Water Testing

The Niagara County Department of Health tests 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.




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 09/25/2020)  

Check with the beach owner for current conditions.

Lake Ontario Permitted Beaches:


Current Weather


Olcott Beach


 6108 Lake Road
Olcott, NY

Check Status Here


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 Permitted Beaches:


Current Weather


Hartland Cove Campground


2383 Hartland Rd.
Gasport, NY


Niagara County Camping Resort


7369 Wheeler Rd.
Lockport, NY


Niagara Lazy Lakes Campground

Closed for the Season

4312 Church Rd.
Lockport, NY

Lockport Weather Forecast, 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:


Current Weather
Closed for Season Camp Kenan  8571 Lower Lake Road Barker, NY Barker Weather Forecast, NY 

Closed for Season

Fort Niagara State Park

1 Maintenance Ave
Youngstown, NY


Closed for Season


Four Mile Creek State Park

Lake Road
Porter, NY

Closed for Season

Lighthouse Christian Camp

9575 Somerset Dr.
Barker, NY

Closed for Season

 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

Additional Information (links leave NCDOH website):

Sun Safety:

CDC Podcast "Protect Your Skin":

Unintentional Drowning: 

The NYS Department of Health coastal beach water quality information webpage  can be used to obtain information about the most recent water quality status of Great Lakes beaches in New York State.

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