Update: Aurora Reservoir reopens but Quincy Reservoir closes.

Jul 4, 2024, 10:00 AM | Updated: 3:26 pm

Courtesy of Aurora Parks

Update: Aurora Reservoir reopens but Quincy Reservoir reopens.

City officials announced Thursday morning the swim beach would reopen for the Fourth of July holiday after testing done earlier in the day confirmed levels of E. coli in the water had decreased from high levels measured days prior.

Quincy Reservoir will be closed to all body contact water activities until further notice. Body contact water activities include paddleboarding, wading, drinking and tubing. Quincy Reservoir is still open for trail use, fishing and boating. Those wishing to bring their boat into the water are advised to wear waders and to avoid body contact with the water.
Like any untreated, natural body of water, elevated levels of potentially toxic algae can occur. Normal activities can occur again once sampling shows that algae have normalized to a safe level.

The swim area at Aurora Reservoir  was closed one day before the Fourth of July holiday due to elevated bacteria levels.

Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space  announced the closure on Facebook, explaining that bacteria levels in natural bodies of water can fluctuate. The closure was necessary on Wednesday as the levels were too high, with an electronic sign at the entrance attributing it to E. coli.



Although the water can naturally clear itself of bacteria, it is advised not to swim when levels are elevated. As the holiday approaches, it remains uncertain if the swim area will reopen in time. The department will receive updated tests on Thursday morning, and if levels have decreased, the swim area will resume operations. In the meantime, kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating activities at the reservoir are still permitted.



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