MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers, Mountain Home Project Office has reopened three swim beaches on Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes. The reopened beaches are Lead Hill and Oakland Beaches on Bull Shoals Lake, as well as Panther Bay Beach on Lake Norfork.
The beaches were temporarily closed last week because of higher than acceptable E. coli levels that were found during routine testing conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health. The three swim beaches have been retested and officials have determined that they are safe for public use.
According to Corps officials, the high bacteria level was the result of flood waters and possible fecal material from the resident flocks of geese.
For more information about recreation areas on Norfork or Bull Shoals Lakes log on to http://www.swl.usace.army.mil or call the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Release no. 13-045