Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory for Round Lake in Camas after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water due to a harmful algal bloom. The lake currently has little to no visible scum accumulation, however, toxin levels exceed thresholds recommended by Washington Department of Health.
“Don’t be deceived by the appearance of clear water at Round Lake. The toxin level is actually quite high, making the water unsafe for people and pets,” said Alyssa Payne, environmental health specialist with Clark County Public Health’s Recreational Water Safety program.
Public Health is advising against all recreating in Round Lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, using motorized boats, water skiing and fishing. Pets should not have any contact with the water.
Danger signs are being posted at the public access points to the lake.
Vancouver, Lacamas lakes advisories
In addition to the danger advisory at Round Lake, Public Health has previously issued advisories for Vancouver and Lacamas lakes.
Public Health issued a danger advisory for Vancouver Lake on Wednesday due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins. Public Health is advising against all recreating in Vancouver Lake.
The warning advisory issued earlier this month for Lacamas Lake remains in place. Public Health advises against swimming, water skiing and any water contact for animals. People should avoid areas of scum when using motorized boats, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing in Lacamas Lake.
Public Health will continue to monitor the lakes and take weekly water samples while blooms are present to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.
Additional information about algal blooms and current advisories are available on the Public Health public beach website.