Harmful algal bloom samples taken from the Swim Beach and Flushing Channel at Vancouver Lake found toxins well above above recreational guidance with scum present at multiple access points. We are issuing a DANGER advisory recommending to avoid all contact with the water. View latest results at Washington State Toxic Algae website. The lake will be sampled weekly until the bloom dissipates
Safe swimming: know before you go!
Spending a day on the lake is a great way to stay happy and healthy, especially in Clark County. However, with the potential for health hazards, it is important to be familiar with precautions you and your family should take to stay safe. Pathogens in the water and sand usually come from human or animal feces and can make you sick. Luckily, it is very easy to stay healthy with a few tips:
- Before heading to the lake, check our website to see if your destination is currently under a health advisory.
- If you are immunocompromised, check with your healthcare provider before entering any natural body of water.
- Stay out of the water if you see discolored or smelly water. This could indicate a harmful algal bloom.
- If you have an open cut or wound, make sure it is completely covered with a waterproof bandage to prevent infection.
- Always wash your hands before eating, especially if they have been in contact with sand.