Water Quality at Beaches
The Perth District Health Unit monitors all public beaches in Perth County by testing the water for unsafe bacteria. Conditions can change due to heavy rain, spills, sewers, and birds that live near the beach.
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.
Monitored Beaches in Perth CountyQuality of beaches in Perth County
|Public Beach||Status||Date Posted Unsafe|
|Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp||Open|
|St. Marys Quarry||Open|
|Wildwood Lake Beach Area||Closed||Blue Green Algae bloom|
|Woodland Lake Beach||Open|
Beaches Outside of Perth County
If you’re heading to the beach, click on the links below for up-to-date water quality information at area beaches:
- County of Lambton – Grand Bend, Pinery, Ipperwash
- Huron County – Lake Huron between Grand Bend and just north of Goderich
- Grey-Bruce – Lake Huron, north of Kincardine up to Tobermory; Georgian Bay
- Elgin-St. Thomas – Lake Erie, including Port Stanley and Port Burwell
- Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation – general Lake Huron information