According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Russellville Project Office, the swimming areas at Piney Bay and Shoal Bay parks located on Lake Dardanelle have been closed until further notice.
The temporary closure is the result of higher than acceptable E-Coli levels that were found during routine testing conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health.
The Corps has posted signs indicating high bacteria levels at these locations. Swimming is not recommended in areas with high bacteria levels.
Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beaver Project Office has also closed the swimming areas at Prairie Creek and War Eagle parks located on Beaver Lake, until further notice.
Testing will continue on a daily basis at all locations and the swim beaches will be re-opened as soon as test results indicate it is safe to do so.
Corps employees are working to determine the source of the higher levels, but believe the high amounts of rainfall this spring is a contributing factor.
For more information, concerning Piney Bay and Shoal Bay swim areas, please contact the Russellville Site Office at 501-340-1762.
For more information, concerning Prairie Creek and War Eagle swim areas, please contact the Beaver Project Office at 479-636-1210.