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Rochon Sands Provincial Park Beach on Buffalo Lake, AB

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Rochon Sands Provincial Park Beach on Buffalo Lake Short Term Forecast

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Notice - 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 more information go to: http://swimmersitch.ca/?page_id=14Rochon Sands Beach is a long and sandy beach protected from the wind. The water is shallow but is great for swimming further out in the marked swimming area. This is a great beach for a weekend camping trip and very family friendly with a playground off the beach. There is also a bathroom and change room right on the beach as well as shady areas. The water is slightly saline which makes for clearer waters than some other central Alberta lakes. The lake is fed by the Red Deer River when required via a pumping system. There is a public boat launch in the PP as well and access from the day use parking lot is about a 30 metre walk on a path. 2011 saw higher water levels on Buffalo Lake and this has created much less beach at Rochon Sands than in previous years. NOTE: There was a swimmer's itch advisory for Buffalo Lake from July of 2012 and 2013 to 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 testing results.What is a Swimmer's Itch Advisory:Advisory: July 10 2012: Possible Swimmer's Itch: There is currently the possibility of swimmer's itch in Buffalo Lake. 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.(http://www.albertaparks.ca/buffalo-lake/advisories-public-safety/possible-swimmer's-itch.aspx)
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Tested weekly from May 30 to August 30
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The status of this beach is GREY
Recent and/or reliable water quality information is unavailable.

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