Beach water

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) monitors all public beaches in Perth and Huron counties by testing the water for unsafe bacteria.

Water conditions can change daily and even hourly because of heavy rain, spills, sewers and birds migrating through or living in the area. Review our beach water quality reports to learn more about factors that affect local beach water quality.

Current status

If there is a water quality issue, a sign will be posted at the beach. The signs encourage beach goers to make an informed decision about beach water quality before swimming. Besides E. coli, signs can be posted for algae, chemical or sewage spills, or other factors.

Perth County beach water quality
Public beachStatusDate

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp

Open

 

St. Mary's Quarry

Open

 

Wildwood Lake Beach Area

No swim advisory

August 19, 2019

Woodland Lake Beach

Open

 
Huron County beach water quality reports
Public beachStatusDate warning posted

Amberley

Open

 

Ashfield Township Park

Open

 

Pioneer Beach (formerly known as Bayfield Main Beach)

Open

 

Howard Street Beach (formerly known as Bayfield South Beach)

Open

 

Black's Point

Open

 

Goderich – Main

Open

 

Goderich – Rotary Cove

Open

 

Goderich – St. Christopher's

Open

 

Hay Township Park

Open

 

Houston Heights

Open

 

Port Albert

Open

 

Port Blake

Open

 

St. Joseph's

Open

 

Sunset

Open

 

Is it safe to swim?

Huron Perth Public Health regularly samples the beaches for bacteria. However, due to the delay in receiving lab results, beach goers cannot rely on only lab results to know if it is safe to swim.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if it's safe to swim:

  • Is the water turbid (can't see my feet while standing waist deep in water)?
  • Has there been heavy rainfall in the last 24 to 48 hours?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, E. coli levels are probably high and it may be unsafe to swim. The current E.coli test is only an indicator that there was fecal contamination from either animal, human, or both, and that there could have been other harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses present in the water when the samples were collected.

No-swim advisories

No-swim advisories are made when levels of E. coli bacteria exceed the Ministry of Health guidelines. An advisory is a recommendation that you shouldn't swim, or if you do swim, you're doing so at your own risk. If you swim, you could be exposed to bacteria that may cause diarrhea or infections of your ears, nose, throat, eyes, and skin.