Minnesota lifts health advisories on six North Shore beaches

Six beaches on Lake Superior’s North Shore got a relatively clean bill of health today, when the Minnesota Department of Health lifted “no contact” advisories.

On Tuesday, the Health Department had posted “No Water Contact Advisories” for many beaches on the North Shore, saying tests found elevated levels of E. coli bacteria indicating the possible presence of fecal contamination, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

But today, the paper said, advisories were lifted on six of the beaches, “because fecal indicator bacteria have returned to acceptable levels.”

The six cleared beaches are:

  • Paradise Beach north of Kadunce Creek
  • Kadunce Creek Beach at Kadunce Creek picnic area north of Grand Marais
  • Durfee Creek Area Beach 5½ miles east of Grand Marais
  • Old Shore Road Beach Area north of Grand Marais
  • Grand Marais Downtown Beach
  • Stewart River Beach north of Two Harbors

Advisories still remain on these beaches, according to the Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program:

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