‘Stay out of the water’: Steamboat Lake closed to all activities resulting in full-body water contact | SteamboatToday.com

‘Stay out of the water’: Steamboat Lake closed to all activities resulting in full-body water contact

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Officials with Steamboat Lake State Park announced Monday that activities resulting in full-body water contact have been restricted due to algae blooms.

Testing confirmed that the blue-green algae bloom present in the water is now producing toxins. Visitors to the state park are required to stay out of the water, and the lake is now closed to activities such as swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle-boarding or wading.

Warm water temperatures are fueling algae blooms in several bodies of water in Northwest Colorado. Not only can certain species of algae get people and animals sick, they also make fishing difficult and can harm water delivery systems.


Posted by Steamboat Lake State Park on Monday, August 17, 2020

The blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, had prompted park officials to restrict swimming last week, but it wasn’t until this week it was confirmed that the algae was producing toxins.

As a precaution, the park had previously installed signs telling visitors not to allow dogs or children younger than 6 to swim in Steamboat Lake. Dogs and young children are more likely to ingest the water and any algae that might be in it.

To reach Bryce Martin, call 970-871-4206 or email bmartin@SteamboatPilot.com.

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