Beach water testing results

Throughout the summer, the Health Unit regularly samples the water at 35 local public beaches:

When water sample results show unacceptable levels of bacteria, the Health Unit will post signs to warn users that it is not safe to swim in the beach’s water. The Health Unit will issue beach closures when the level of bacterial contaminants in the water far exceeds acceptable levels or when other conditions exist that make the beach’s water unsafe or unsuitable for use by the public.

If you see a blue-green algae bloom nearby, do not swim in the water, do not drink the water or allow pets in the water. Report blue-green algae blooms as soon as possible to the Health Unit.

For information about when beaches are supervised, please visit the City of Greater Sudbury’s website or phone your local municipal office. See our glossary of terms used for more information.

Beach location map

Greater Sudbury

BeachStatusComments
Amphitheatre – Bell ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Bell GroveAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Canoe Club – Bell ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Camp SudacaAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Camp WassakwaAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
CapreolAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Centennial ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Ella LakeAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Kalmo (Sandy Beach)CautionBlue-green algal blooms observed.
Laurentian University BeachAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Main Beach – Bell ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Meatbird Lake ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Moonlight Beach AcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Nepahwin ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
New Beach – Bell ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Silver Lake (Corner of Hwy. 17 and Long Lake Road – not on map)AcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Whitewater Lake ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.

Chapleau

BeachStatusComments
Chapleau River ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Borden Lake Public BeachAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.

Espanola, Massey, Gogama and Killarney

BeachStatusComments
Clear LakeAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
GogamaAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
KillarneyAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Sauble Mouth ParkAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.

Manitoulin Island

BeachStatusComments
Gore BayAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Green BayAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Kagawong VillageAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Little CurrentAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
ManitowaningAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Maple Ridge SandyAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
MindemoyaAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Providence BayAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
SandfieldAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
SheguindahAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
South BaymouthAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.
Monument RoadAcceptableLast water samples taken were acceptable.

Glossary

Acceptable

The quality of the beach water is within the acceptable provincial standard and no imminent health hazard was found at the time the last water samples were collected. Please keep in mind that weather and other factors could have changed the water quality since the last set of samples.

Caution – blue-green algal blooms

A caution has been issued because blue-green algal blooms have been observed near a public beach at some time during the current year’s bathing season. If blue-green algal blooms are present do not swim, do not drink the water or allow pets in the water. If no blooms are present, you can use the water for regular recreational activities.

If there is a blue-green algal bloom listed for a beach, signs will be posted at several locations along the beach front and will stay posted for the duration of the bathing season. View a sample sign (PDF, 606 kB).

Caution – swimming advisory

A swimming advisory has been issued. At this time, the Health Unit does not recommend swimming at this beach because the levels of bacteria in the water are above the provincial standard. Our beach monitoring surveillance program does not take into account other beach hazards such as rocks, undertow or current which may affect the safety of the bathers.

If there is a swimming advisory for a beach, signs will be posted at several locations along the beach front. View a sample sign (PDF, 486 kB).

Closed

A beach closure has been issued. At this time, the Health Unit does not recommend swimming at this beach because there are circumstances that present a serious and immediate health risk for bathers.

If there is a beach closure for a beach, signs will be posted at several locations across the beach front. View a sample sign (PDF, 486 kB).


This item was last modified on May 19, 2017