BC Parks Morton Lake

Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Morton Lake is part of the provincial park by the same name, and is tested for coliforms during the summer by the health authority. The park is famous for fishing rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and dolly varden. The lake is also popular for swimming, canoeing, boating, and sunbathing. Camping is permitted, but full services may not be included.

This lake provides access to the Sayward Canoue Route, a 47-kilometer paddle and portage circuit.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2015. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
7°C
Fog
MONITORING FREQUENCY

BC Parks Morton Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Approximately 100 beaches are monitored by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Island Health is split into three service delivery areas: North (20 beaches), Central (39 beaches), and South (40 beaches). Sampling is conducted from the beginning of May until Labour Day (September 4th, 2017).

Island Health follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines.
E. Coli Guidelines

200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)

400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 1000 E. coli / 100 mL.

Island Health states that consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 mL. However, posting a beach advisory when samples exceed the geomean and/or single sample maximums are not automatic, and depend on the circumstances.

Enterococci Guidelines

35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples

70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 175 Enterococci/ 100 mL.

Consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 35 Enterococci / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 70 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach advisories will be automatically posted when a sample result of over 1000 E. coli or 175 Enterococci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

BC Parks Morton Lake

Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2015. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
7°C
Fog

Morton Lake is part of the provincial park by the same name, and is tested for coliforms during the summer by the health authority. The park is famous for fishing rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and dolly varden. The lake is also popular for swimming, canoeing, boating, and sunbathing. Camping is permitted, but full services may not be included.

This lake provides access to the Sayward Canoue Route, a 47-kilometer paddle and portage circuit.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

BC Parks Morton Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Approximately 100 beaches are monitored by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Island Health is split into three service delivery areas: North (20 beaches), Central (39 beaches), and South (40 beaches). Sampling is conducted from the beginning of May until Labour Day (September 4th, 2017).

Island Health follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines.
E. Coli Guidelines

200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)

400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 1000 E. coli / 100 mL.

Island Health states that consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 mL. However, posting a beach advisory when samples exceed the geomean and/or single sample maximums are not automatic, and depend on the circumstances.

Enterococci Guidelines

35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples

70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 175 Enterococci/ 100 mL.

Consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 35 Enterococci / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 70 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach advisories will be automatically posted when a sample result of over 1000 E. coli or 175 Enterococci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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