LEWISBERRY, Pa. — The swimming areas at Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County have been closed, because current lake conditions make the water susceptible to harmful algal blooms, park officials said Thursday.
"(Harmful algal blooms) can produce toxins and other compounds the can harm people, pets, or wildlife," the park said on its Facebook page.
The park raised its HABs Advisory Level to the "warning" range, which restricts access to swimming and contact with the water in the lake.
As a result, swimming is prohibited at the Quaker Race Day Use Area and the campground beach, according to park officials.
Boating or paddle boating in areas of the lake with foam or discoloration are also prohibited, the park said.
Visitors are advised to wash immediately after any contact with water, the park said.
The swimming prohibition will remain in place until further notice, according to the park. The closures will be lifted once water testing determines it is acceptable for recreational use, the park said.