Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake, AB
Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake Short Term Forecast
Silver Beach is located on the Eastern side of Pigeon Lake. It is the beach for both the Summer Village of Silver Beach and and the Town of Mulhurst. The beach is located in Mulhurst Bay. Public day use access to the beach is found at Ouimette Park in the Summer Village of Silver Beach and near the public dock and boat launch in Mulhurst Bay. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach has a marked swimming area but had liitle beach area in 2011. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach is also right beside a the main road for Mulhurst and the busy boat launch. The beach at Ouimette Park is sandy and pebbly with a swimming area with shallower water. This is a family friendly park with a playground grassy area volleyball court and picnic tables. This is the best day use part of the beach as the Mulhurst part of Silver Beach is similar but used primarily by campers across the road. Ouimette Park is land provided by the Summer Village of Silver Beach for the public.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 6/2014: An AHS Blue-Green Algae advisory has been issued for the waters of Pigeon Lake. http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/10178.aspNOTE: Pigeon Lake has been the scene of blue green algae blooms in recent years including a BGA Health Advisory in August 16-Oct 3 and from July 27 to the end of the bathing season in 2012. In 2011 there was an Alberta Health Services blue-green algae health 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._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.
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