The East Bay Regional Park District closed Lake Temescal in Oakland to swimming today due to an outbreak of toxic algae. The swim lake will remain closed until further notice. The park remains open for fishing, picnicking, hiking and other activities.
The Park District’s other swim lakes and lagoons also remain open: Quarry Lakes in Fremont, Lake Anza in Berkeley, Lake Del Valle in Livermore, Cull Canyon in Castro Valley, Contra Loma in Antioch and Don Castro in Hayward.
Exposure to toxic algae, either through ingestion or skin contact, can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems, according to the California Department of Public Health. Toxic algae can be fatal to dogs and they should refrain from direct contact.
Park District staff monitor all our lakes regularly.
Find updates located here: http://www.ebparks.org/features/Toxic_Algae_Update
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.