Due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria currently present in the water of Lac La Biche Lake at McGrane Beach, located within the North Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS is advising the public not to swim or wade at McGrane Beach, effective immediately.
McGrane Beach (Mission Beach) Area is located a 20 minute drive from the town of Lac La Biche.
“Elevated levels of fecal bacteria were detected via testing of the lake water at this beach location,” AHS stated. “At current levels, gastrointestinal illness may result from ingestion of the water at McGrane Beach. As well, there is the possibility of skin, ear and eye infections with water contact.”
As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake or reservoir, at any time. Water-borne organisms, including fecal bacteria, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water at Camper’s Beach area.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.