Monday, July 14, 2014

No Swimming at Eagle Island State Park

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

click to enlarge Eagle Island State Park's beach will stay closed to swimming until further notice. - EAGLE ISLAND STATE PARK
  • Eagle Island State Park
  • Eagle Island State Park's beach will stay closed to swimming until further notice.

On July 9, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality tested the waters of Eagle Island State Park at multiple locations and deemed the water safe, but today, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation closed the swimming beach after reports of illness.

Jennifer Okerlund, communications director for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, said she was monitoring Facebook over the weekend when she started seeing folks post on the Eagle Island State Park Facebook page complaining of flu-like symptoms. 

"So we just took immediate action and closed the beach for swimming," Okerlund said. "Social media has gotten us closer to our customers, monitoring how they're feeling and helping us better understand our facilities."

She said more samples were taken today and sent to the DEQ for expedited analysis, but it could take a few days to see results. The water will remain closed until further notice. The water slide, picnic areas, disc golf and equestrian areas will stay open.

The DEQ tests water quality at all public swimming areas in all of Idaho's state parks. With higher temperatures, the DEQ schedules additional testing of popular swimming areas like Eagle Island State Park. 

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