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The original item was published from 7/31/2023 2:00:00 PM to 7/31/2023 2:43:01 PM.

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Independence Lake Beach closed & Sugarloaf Lake under advisory

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UPDATE 7/31 at 2:00pm: Independence Lake Beach is closed to swimming due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. 

UPDATE 7/28 at 5:00pm:

For Independence Lake Beach: Test results are now below actionable levels. The beach will reopen for swimming tomorrow (Saturday, 7/29). Weekly monitoring will continue.

For Sugarloaf Lake Beach: The swimming closure has been lifted, but an advisory remains in effect. Swim at your own risk as e.Coli levels remain high. Weekly monitoring will continue. 


Original notice from July 26: The Washtenaw County Health Department is closing Sugarloaf Lake Beach in Waterloo Recreation Area and Independence Lake Beach due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. Sugarloaf Lake Beach is in Lyndon Township at 500 Loveland Rd, Chelsea. Independence Lake Beach is located at Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake. 

The high levels were detected through routine testing done at public bathing beaches during the summer months. The closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until follow-up tests show the levels are considered safe for swimming.

Although the public beaches at Sugarloaf Lake and Independence Lake are closed to swimming, other forms of recreation that do not involve body contact with the water, like fishing, are permitted. For updates, check back to this post.

The Michigan Public Health Code allows for public beach closures if E. coli bacteria levels exceed set thresholds. E. coli bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. Individuals with questions or concerns regarding public beach water sampling, or those who believe they may have become ill after swimming in the impacted waters, are encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division at 734-222-3800 during normal business hours, or visit www.washtenaw.org/envhealth.

For the most updated information on public beaches, as well as a listing of water sample results, please visit the Michigan BeachGuard website at www.egle.state.mi.us/beach.

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