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Ma-Me-O Beach on Pigeon Lake, AB

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Ma-Me-O Beach on Pigeon Lake Short Term Forecast

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Ma-Me-O Beach on Pigeon Lake is one of several popular beaches on this lake. Ma-Me-O is the Cree word for 'white pigeon'. This may relate to the fact there were enough Passenger Pigeons in the area to have the lake named 'Pigeon' from it's original name of 'Woodpecker' Lake. The beach and day use area at Ma-me-o is known for its white plentiful sand and excellent amenities such as the playground and picnicing areas. The swimming area is shallow and the waters are usually clear and warm with more algal growth in the months of July and August. Ma-me-o competes with Sylvan Beach as one of the better 'scenes' for younger people but still a great family atmosphere. Pigeon Lake has also been the scene of blue green algae blooms in recent years including 2011 and 2012 when there was a blue-green algae advisory on all Pigeon lake beaches from July 28 to the end of the bathing season. Ma-me-o was posted for elevated E. Coli in 2010 for 26 days from mid July to early August. The hypothesis from Alberta Health Services was lower water levels leading to more sand bars leading to more birds in the beach area leading to more bird feces and E. Coli. Despite the above water quantity and quality issues in recent years this is still one of Central Alberta's largest most popular and deepest lakes for recreational activities. Being less than an hour from Edmonton does not hurt either.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 health advisory has been issued for the waters of Pigeon Lake.http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/10178.aspNOTE: An Alberta Health Services Blue-green algae advisory was issued for the waters of Pigeon Lake from Aug 14-Oct 3/2013.
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Tested weekly from May 24 to August 30
Current Status
The status of this beach is GREY
Recent and/or reliable water quality information is unavailable.

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