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Pelican Point Park on Buffalo Lake, AB

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NOTE: Swimmer's Itch: Several citizen reports for Buffalo Lake in July/2014. Swimmer's itch has been known to be present in Buffalo Lake especially during extended periods of warm weather. Things you can do to mitigate the effects of swimmer's itch:1) avoid weedy shallow water2) rub briskly with a towel immediately after swimming or wading in the lakeSwimmer's itch is caused by the microscopic larvae of a parasite that lives in stagnant and slow-moving water. If itching is severe or if it persists for more than a few days consult your doctor.For bottom of page for more information or go to: http://swimmersitch.ca/?page_id=14Pelican Point Park beach is located on the north shore of Buffalo Lake the head part of the Buffalo. This is a kid-friendly beach with a lot of soft sand and shallow gradually deepening waters in the designated swimming area. The water of Buffalo Lake is usually clear to more green algae in the July August months. The beach has day-use access activities and amenities a playground a grassy picnic area marked swimming area and a campground for overnight stays. This is a longer day trip for the big city folk but a great weekend option. The campground is pretty much right on the beach which creates a more hectic atmosphere. Buffalo Lake shoreline is owned by the Alberta Government to the 100 year floodplain and water levels are regulated by pumping water in from the Red Deer River. _NOTE: There was swimmer's itch notice for Buffalo Lake posted on July 9 2013.Swimmer's itch is known to be present in Buffalo Lake especially during extended periods of warm weather. Things you can do to mitigate the effects of swimmer's itch:1) avoid weedy shallow water2) rub briskly with a towel immediately after swimming or wading in the lakeSwimmer's itch is caused by the microscopic larvae of a parasite that lives in stagnant and slow-moving water. If itching is severe or if it persists for more than a few days consult your doctor. There was a swimmer's itch advisory on Buffalo Lake from July 10/2012 until the end of the bathing season. The beach and lake were open for the whole of the 2011 bathing season and the lake has historically good water quality. 2011 saw above average lake levels with much less beach for most of the lake.Details of a swimmer's itch advisory: Things you should know about swimmer's itch: •Swimmer's itch is a common problem in many Alberta lakes. It is caused when the larvae (immature stage) of a microscopic parasite called schistosoma try to penetrate human skin. •Schistosomes cannot survive in a human body. The intense itching and redness associated with swimmer's itch occurs as the body tries to fight off these parasites. •To rid yourself of swimmers' itch you must remove the schistosomes. Showering with soap is not always effective because schistosomes normally live in water. The best approach is to briskly towel dry immediately after swimming. Your body will naturally rid itself of the schistosomes in a day or two. To help ease the itching during that time use an anti-itch lotion or cream such as calamine. •Schistosomes are a natural part of a lake's environment. They live in snails and water birds so the only way to rid a lake of swimmer's itch would be to remove these hosts. Because we want to keep Alberta's provincial parks and lakes in as natural a state as possible these control measures are not taken. We ask for your tolerance and cooperation concerning swimmer's itch.
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