Beach Water Quality

Huron Perth Public Health tests beach water for unsafe bacteria. MyPerthHuron hosts past and present data on beach water quality at Huron County beaches. Perth County public beaches are also monitored.

Beaches are “posted” when levels of E. coli bacteria exceed the Ministry of Health guidelines. A “posting” 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.

At the beach, you might see a sign warning you to stay out of the water. Besides E. coli, signs can be posted for algae, chemical or sewage spills, or other factors.

Huron County beach water quality

All beaches in Huron County were sampled a minimum of 21 days. Port Blake Beach, Goderich Main beach, and Ashfield Township Park Beach had the highest percent of sample days exceeding the provincial beach water standard of 200 E. coli CFU/100 ml.

2018 Huron County beach quality report
BeachNumber of sample days exceeding 200 E. coli CFU/100 mlTotal number of sample daysPer cent sample days exceeding 200 E. coli CFU/100 ml

Amberley

5

27

19%

Ashfield Township Park

8

27

30%

Bayfield Main

1

26

4%

Bayfield South

1

26

4%

Black's Point

1

25

4%

Goderich – Main

9

29

31%

Goderich – Rotary Cove

5

29

17%

Goderich – St. Christopher's

6

29

21%

Hay Township Park

5

26

19%

Houston Heights

1

25

4%

Port Albert

5

26

19%

Port Blake

10

30

33%

St. Joseph's

6

27

22%

Sunset

1

21

5%

Total

64

373

17%

Past Huron County reports

Review the beach water quality reports for previous years.

  • 2018 Beach Water Monitoring Report
  • 2017 Beach Monitoring Report
  • 2016 Beach Monitoring Report
  • 2015 Beach Monitoring Report
  • 2014 Beach Monitoring Report
  • 2013 Beach Monitoring Report
  • 2012 Beach Monitoring Report

Perth County Beach Water Quality

Monitored beaches in Perth County:
Public beachStatusDate posted unsafe

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp

Open

 

St. Marys Quarry

Open

 

Wildwood Lake Beach Area

Closed

August 19, 2019

Woodland Lake Beach

Open