This Version Posted: September 9, 2021

Before heading to the beach, ensure it’s safe for swimming.

NOTE: The Health Unit’s beach water testing program in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes is now complete for another year. Our testing program will resume again in Summer 2022.


The Health Unit uses a three-colour system to show test results for local beaches:


  • Green – Open (safe for swimming) – Low Risk

  • Yellow – Advisory Posting – Medium Risk – (Based on latest test results, there are high counts of bacteria in the water. Swimming is not recommended, as it may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during this advisory, avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water).

  • Red – Closed (do not swim; not open for public use) – High Risk

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