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Algae bloom closes swimming at Blue Lake

Park officials are having the water tested

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Blue Lake Regional Park is closed for swimming until further notice. The park's splash pad, disc golf and other amenities remain open. Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview is closed to swimming until further notice due to an algae bloom in the water.

The lake remains open to boaters, and the surrounding park will be open for a variety of outdoor activities from 8 a.m. to closing at sunset.

Dan Kromer, Metro Parks manager, said park officials are waiting to get test results back required by the Oregon Health Authority.

“We hope to get the results back before today or tomorrow,” Kromer said. He said two test results both need to be confirmed before the park will open again to swimming. The lab is out of Minnesota.

Blue Lake Park specializes in picnicking, with many group sites available for reservation on a first-come, first-served basis as well as cooling off in the water spray ground. The park also offers visitors a variety of family-friendly activities including a disc golf course, basketball, volleyball, softball and horseshoes.

The most popular attraction is Blue Lake’s Natural Play Area, featuring huge round river rocks and a long curved tunnel made out of saplings. The play area was created from all-natural materials that include only downed logs and not one freshly cut tree.