As the weather heats up, many are looking to cool down in the water.
The Eau Claire County Parks & Forest Department announces that water testing results by the City County Health Department indicate that Lake Altoona Beach water is now within acceptable health standards and is therefore now open for swimming.
Big Falls Wading Area remains closed due to elevated levels of bacteria. All other public beaches on Eau Claire County land are within acceptable standards and therefore open. The City-County Health Department policy is to close all areas whenever water samples indicate high levels of bacteria above safe standards.