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Zeiner Park Beach on Pigeon Lake, AB


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Zeiner Park Beach on Pigeon Lake Short Term Forecast

Beach Conditions

Zeiner Park located in the Pigeon Lake PP has a beach for campers and day use. The beach is large and sandy (more course than Ma-me-o). The marked swimming area deepens gradually. As a result of algae and declining water levels the water quality at the beach was declining in recent years. For 2011 water levels were up and the water was clear and warm up to late July. The beach area has a grassy picnic area that includes shaded areas a small playground washrooms a small store and easy access to the beach from the parking lot.The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association has become very active in recent years with research into the issues and possible solutions for the recreational water quality of the lake and lake levels including a nutrient budget being performed in 2012/13.NOTE: July 9-Nov 12/2014: An AHS Blue-Green Algae advisory has been issued for the waters of Pigeon Lake. Pigeon Lake has been the scene of blue green algae (BGA) blooms in recent years including: 2013 from August to October 3 2012 from July 27 to the end of the bathing season. In 2011 there was a blue-green algae advisory on all Pigeon lake beaches from July 28-October 7. The BGA blooms tend to occur in late July and August while the rest of the bathing season has good recreational water quality.NOTE: July 4/2013: The Swim Guide received a citizen's report of Swimmer's Itch at Zeiner Beach. Recommendation is to avoid weedy areas and towel off vigorously. The citizen also reported algae was significant.Blue-green algae advisory issued for Pigeon Lake: July 9 2014EDMONTON – Blue-green algae are currently present in the waters of Pigeon Lake. Residents living near the shores of this lake as well as visitors to this lake are advised to take the following precautions:DO NOT DRINK WATER directly from or allow your pets to drink water directly from this lake. Boiling this contaminated lake water will not remove toxins. Provide an alternative source of drinking water for pets and livestock.DO NOT SWIM OR WADE or allow your pets to swim or wade in this lake.AVOID CONTACT with blue-green algae along the shoreline.DO NOT feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.People may wish to limit their own consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver.People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.Blue-green algae can produce a toxin (poison) that can cause serious illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water containing this toxin. Although weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another the toxin can stay in the water even after algae have moved or disappeared.As such this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.People who come in contact with or ingest water containing toxic blue-green algae may experience skin irritation rash sore throat sore red eyes swollen lips fever nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced because they spend more time in the water and are more likely to accidentally ingest contaminated water.People who consume contaminated water as a primary source for drinking water can develop more serious illnesses such as liver damage over time.If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae or if you require further information on blue-green algae please call Health Link Alberta at 1.866.408.5465 (LINK).Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
Water Quality
Tested weekly from May 27 to July 30
Special Status
The status of this beach is RED
Beach status based on special local knowledge or information. See beach description.


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