It’s been a bad summer so for beaches as bacteria plays havoc with public swimming spaces in Muskoka and particularly in Gravenhurst.

GRAVENHURST — It’s going to be a long, hot summer for swimmers looking for relief in Gravenhurst.

With the splash pad at the Muskoka Wharf closed for repairs this year, cooling off is a challenge with Muskoka Beach still under a swim advisory.

Now, the beach at Gull Lake Rotary Park has become the latest to be hit with a swim alert.

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Muskoka Bay Beach, in West Gravenhurst, which did have an alert, is the only core beach not to be affected.

Based on beach water samples collected by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on Monday July 8, it has been recommended by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that the public beach be posted with swim advisory signs.

However, the town will still be providing modified swimming lessons at Gull Lake Beach and be in contact with all participants should there be further changes to the schedule.

During a swimming advisory, the beach is posted with warning signs that the most recent water samples showed bacteria in numbers that may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during a swimming advisory avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water.

For additional information on beach water testing, and to see a list of local beaches to see if your beach is safe this summer visit the SMDHU website

The town will continue to communicate with the public as new updates become available.

And watch for swim-related updates.