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Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach Closed, Again, Due To E. Coli

27 beaches are now closed across Michigan

July 24, 2018 - 2:31 pm
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HARRISON TWP. (WWJ) - The "no swimming" sign has once again been posted at Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach due to high levels of e. coli bacteria. 

Harrison Township officials put out an alert on Tuesday saying the health department has closed the beach -- commonly known as "Metro Beach" -- until further notice. 

The annoucnement comes as 27 beaches are closed across Michigan, also including St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach. Most of the others, however, are located in Upper Peninsula, which experienced heavy rains and severe flooding in recent weeks.

Here's the latest list of CLOSED Michigan beaches as of July 24:

  • Lake Gogebic - Bergland Township ParkOntonagon
  • Lake Gogebic - Ontonagon County ParkOntonagon
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Sandy Bottom Beach/ Dollar BayHoughton
  • Torch Lake / Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Lake Linden Campground BeachHoughton
  • Scotch Lake - Scotch Lake ResidentsOakland
  • Newburgh Lake - Newburgh and Sumac Pointes - Hines ParkWayne
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron - Singing Bridge BeachArenac
  • Bobcat Lake - BobcatGogebic
  • Copper Harbor - Lighthouse OverlookKeweenaw
  • Torch Lake - Dreamland CampHoughton
  • Lake Roland - Twin Lakes State ParkHoughton
  • Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Hancock City BeachHoughton
  • Pike Bay at Portage Canal / Lake Superior - Chassell BeachHoughton
  • Silver Spring Lake - Silver Spring LakeWayne
  • White Lake - Maple ParkMuskegon
  • Lake Superior - Calument Waterworks BeachHoughton
  • Eagle Lake - Lakeland EstatesOakland
  • Lake Gogebic - Gogebic County ParkGogebic
  • Lake Superior - Ontonagon Township Park and CampgroundOntonagon
  • Lake Gogebic - Lake Gogebic State Park BeachGogebic
  • Steusser Lake - Steusser LakeOntonagon
  • Woods Lake - Woods Lake BeachKalamazoo
  • Allen Lake - Fox Bay Civic AssociationOakland
  • Lake St. Clair - H.C.M.A. - Lake St. Clair Metropark BeachMacomb
  • Lake St. Clair - St. Clair Shores Memorial Park BeachMacomb
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron - Bessinger Road BeachArenac
  • Lake Huron - Bird Creek County ParkHuron

E. coli bacteria sometimes gets into the water from improper waste connections to storm sewers, sewer overflows and storm runoff, although the cause of these latest problems was not immediately released. 

Testing by the Michigan Department of Environmental quality is conducted at 1220 public beaches and 537 private beaches throughout the state all summer long, so it's a good idea to check back for updates here at WWJNewsradio.com and at this link.