Monitored Public Beaches


Check the following to make sure it is safe:

  1. Has there been heavy rain in the last 24 to 48 hours?
    If so, bacterial levels will be higher and swimming is not recommended.

  2. Is the water cloudy?
    If you can’t see your feet at adult's waist depth, bacterial levels may be higher and swimming is not recommended.

  3. Are the waves and currents safe?
    Rip currents, undertows and heavy wave action increase risk to swimmers.

  4. Are there any other problems with the beach?
    Large numbers of waterfowl, dead fish, algae/scum, dangerous debris, Municipal or Health Unit warnings/postings all indicate increased health risk.


Latest Test Results

Public BeachSorted By Public Beach In Ascending OrderLocationTest ResultDate TestedPostedNote
Black Creek (also known as Old Woman’s River)Northern Bruce Peninsula11 CFU/100mL8/31/2015Safe 
Durham Conservation Area – Middle DamWest Grey43 CFU/100mL9/1/2015Safe 
Kelso BeachOwen Sound45 CFU/100mL 8/31/2015Safe 
Lion’s Head BeachNorthern Bruce Peninsula108 CFU/100mL8/31/2015Safe 
Little River ParkBlue Mountains10 CFU/100mL9/2/2015Safe 
NorthwindsBlue Mountains19 CFU/100mL9/2/2015Safe 
Port Elgin Gobles GrovePort Elgin13 CFU/100mL 9/1/2015Safe 
Port Elgin Main BeachPort Elgin80 CFU/100mL 9/1/2015Safe 
Sauble BeachSouth Bruce Peninsula101 CFU/100mL 8/31/2015Safe 
Singing SandsNorthern Bruce Peninsula14 CFU/100mL 8/31/2015Safe 
Southampton BeachSouthampton27 CFU/100mL 9/1/2015Safe 
Station Park BeachKincardine22 CFU/100mL9/1/2015SafeBlue Flag Beach

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Results are measured as the average of E. coli bacteria per 100 mL of water from the samples taken from the beach. The Provincial limit is 100, Health Canada’s limit for swimming is 200 and Health’s Canada’s limit for secondary contact activities (canoeing, fishing etc.) is 1000. The risk to your health increases as the number increases.

Posting a beach occurs when there is evidence of an increased risk to health and safety of its users. 

For more information regarding the monitoring of public bathing beaches please contact the Health Unit at 376-9420, 1-800-263-3456.