McHenry County health officials closed nine area beaches Tuesday due to high bacteria levels, and placed an additional five on advisory status.
The McHenry County Health Department tests the water quality of all 38 licensed beaches on the county’s 12 lakes every two weeks for E. coli during the summer to prevent illness associated with swimming, according to the Northwest Herald.
During routine testing on Monday, health officials discovered bacteria levels elevated enough to temporarily shut down nine beaches and place an additional five on advisory status, the publication reports.
MCDH said they will test the beaches again later Tuesday for safety.
The closed beaches include:
• Deep Spring Woods 2, 3925-3927 E Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Highland Shores, 3500 W Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Indian Ridge 1 South, 4601 NE Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Indian Trails, Lake in the Hills
• Lookout Point, 5206 E Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Shore Hills Beach, 3450 E Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Sunrise Ridge,3800 W Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Wonder Center, 4100 E Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Wonder Woods 4, 5200 Wonder Woods Drive, Wonder Lake
The beaches placed on advisory status include:
• Indian Ridge, 2 North, 4519-4603 NE Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake
• Lake Park Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
• LeVilla Vaupell 1, 1115 W Northeast Shore Drive, McHenry
• Veterans Park, 332 W State Road, Island Lake
• Wooded Shores, 3221 E Lake Shore Dive, Wonder Lake
Health officials said residents should visit the MCDH webpage www.mcdh.info for the latest information on all beaches or call 815-334-4585.