News Release 189

Swimming beaches at three state parks temporarily closed

Volume 39-189 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 8, 2011 – The swimming beaches at three Missouri state parks have been temporarily closed due to bacteria levels.

Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and the public beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks have been temporarily closed following results of water samples taken Monday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming.

Lake of the Ozark State Park’s Public Beach #1, which is located in Kaiser, remains open. The campground beach at Truman State Park is also open. Visitors to Truman State Park may stop by the office or fee both to obtain a pass free of charge to swim at the campground beach.

The water at all designated beaches in the state park system is sampled weekly during the recreational season by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lakes. Water samples are taken to check for E. coli, a common indicator species for bacteria.

Higher bacteria levels are often associated with heavy rains that result in runoff from adjacent lands. Once tests indicate the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beach will reopen. Information about current status of beaches is available on the website at http://bit.ly/MoStateParksBeachStatus as well as mostateparks.com. Signs indicating the status of the beaches are posted at the beaches as well.

Most of the other facilities at these parks remain open and available to the public. A list of facility advisories is available at mostateparks.com.

With rising fuel prices, Missourians may feel that a summer vacation will exceed the family budget. Close to home, Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri’s 85 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites and swimming beaches, visit mostateparks.com.

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