Beach Advisory 

Beaches Monitored from Memorial Day through Labor Day


From May to September, the Health Department's Lakes Management Unit samples Lake Michigan beaches 4 days a week. Beaches on inland lakes are tested biweekly. The water samples are tested for E coli bacteria, which are found in the intestines of almost all warm-blooded animals. While not all strains of E coli are the same, certain strains can make humans sick if ingested in high enough concentrations.
Swimcast Monitor
Closures
If water samples come back high for E coli (235 E coli/100 ml), the management body for the bathing beach is notified and a sign is posted indicating the beach closure. Additionally, since rain events tend to lead to elevated bacteria levels in the water column, the LMU advises that persons avoid swimming after a large rain event.

Note: Per the Illinois Swimming Code, there is no swimming at dog beaches.
Bacteria Levels 
 Flag  Status
 green Low Bacteria Levels, No Advisory
 yellow Elevated Bacteria Levels, Caution Swimming Advisory
 red High Bacteria Levels. No Swimming is Advised

June 19, 2018


Inland Beaches - Swim Ban (no swimming)
                
             Bangs lake - Maiman's Lakeside Manor Beach 
             Forest Lake - Central Beach 
             Forest Lake - Steinken Park Beach 
             Island Lake - Park Drive Beach 
             Island Lake - Briar Court Beach 
             Loch Lomond - Lomond Park Beach
               


Inland Beaches - Swim Advisory 
  
             - None 


                
 Beach  Status
 Forest Park Beach  
green
Illinois Beach State Park North Beach
 green
Illinois Beach State Park Resort Beach
  green
Illinois Beach State Park South Beach
  green
Lake Bluff Dog Beach
 green
Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach
 green
Moraine Dog Beach green
 
North Point Marina Beach green
   
Nunn Beach (Great Lakes), Friday - Sunday only
 
Park Avenue Beach
green
  
Rosewood Beach
green
 
Waukegan North Beach
 green
Waukegan South Beach
 
green