Toxins in water samples tested from seven locations in Erie County exceed limits for dogs to safely be in the water, according to the Erie County Department of Health on Thursday.

The affected locations are:

  • Presque Isle State Park
    • Vista 3
    • Sturgeon Bay
    • Marina
    • Horseshoe Pond
    • Perry Monument
  • Erie Yacht Club
  • Grahamville Reservior

A beach advisory was also issued for Presque Isle State Park Beach 11 due to elevated E. coli bacteria counts. Swimming is still permitted, but to reduce the risk of illness, people who use the beach are asked to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid swallowing lake water; parents should monitor your children.
  • Wash your hands before handling food.
  • Avoid swimming if you have a compromised immune system, an open cut and/or wound, pregnant, or if you are currently experiencing an illness.
  • Minimize water contact if lake levels are high, heavy rains have just ended, or there are strong winds blowing from the west, as these conditions have been known to cause elevated E. coli levels.

Advisories are updated weekly.