The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has issued swimming advisories at several local beaches due to a higher than normal bacteria count in the water.

A swimming advisory is issued when the bacteria levels exceed those considered acceptable.

The advisory warns swimmers that the level of bacteria in the water may pose increased health risks, such as minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and stomach disorders.

The beaches are not closed, but those who chose to swim are advised to avoid swallowing the water and dunking their heads underwater.

Advisories are in effect for:

  • Stewart Lake Beach, Georgian Bay
  • Little Lake Park Midland Beach, Midland
  • Pete Pettersen Park Beach, Midland
  • Couchiching Beach, Orillia
  • Albert Street Beach, Tay

For more information on  beach advisories click here.