Department of Natural Resources closes state park beach due to nearby E. coli levels

Run off from rains stirs water; boosts bacteria

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Volume 37-389 For Immediate Release: Oct. 19, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Public Beach 1 in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park remains closed today following test results over the weekend indicating high levels of E. coli bacteria in the main channel of the lake near the beach, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

Samples taken in the main channel of the Grand Glaize Arm of the lake near the beach found E. coli in excess of levels that would typically warrant the closing of the beach. Conditions in the main channel, including high turbidity caused by runoff from last week's rains, were also present at the beach, causing the department to take the additional precaution Sunday of closing the beach.

Water quality monitoring specialists from the department were sampling the main channel of the Grand Glaize Arm as part of the baseline study ordered by Gov. Jay Nixon in September.

The results of samples taken Friday resulted in the beach being closed on Sunday. The beach will remain closed to swimming until follow-up samples find a reduction in E. coli levels.

The status of the beach closing will be posted on the department's website: Signs are also posted at the beach notifying beach users of the beach's status. Because conditions can change rapidly, the department's Division of State Parks recommends that visitors wishing to swim at the beach should call ahead to the park prior to making a visit in the near future. The Lake of Ozarks State Park office can be reached at 573-348-2696.

Public Beach 1 is located in the park's campground area on Highway 134 off of Highway 42 near Kaiser in Miller County.