Oyster Bay Beach

Black Creek, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Situated 3.5 km. north of the Oyster River, Oyster Bay offers outstanding bird watching and nature viewing. A man-made causeway that juts out into the bay was originally built to protect log booms. Over time, land accreted inside the causeway, creating much of today’s 1.7 ha. Oyster Bay Shoreline Park. Invertebrate-rich mudflats attract many shorebirds, such as Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers in winter, and Western and Least Sandpipers during migration. Large numbers of waterfowl shelter in the bay during the winter including American and Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail and Mallards. In the spring, Purple Martins return to the nesting boxes. Keep a lookout for mammals- Mink, River Otters, Harbour Seals and Sea Lions are often seen here. The park has a small section of woodland with a variety of trees and shrubs, and open dune habitat with large-headed sedge, blue-eyed Mary, gumweed and wooly sunflower. The mudflats are unsafe to walk on, but there is a pebbly beach on the east side with good views of Mitlenatch Island and the Coast Mountain Range.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . 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
22°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Oyster Bay Beach 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

Oyster Bay Beach

Black Creek, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . 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
22°C
Clear and sunny

Situated 3.5 km. north of the Oyster River, Oyster Bay offers outstanding bird watching and nature viewing. A man-made causeway that juts out into the bay was originally built to protect log booms. Over time, land accreted inside the causeway, creating much of today’s 1.7 ha. Oyster Bay Shoreline Park. Invertebrate-rich mudflats attract many shorebirds, such as Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers in winter, and Western and Least Sandpipers during migration. Large numbers of waterfowl shelter in the bay during the winter including American and Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail and Mallards. In the spring, Purple Martins return to the nesting boxes. Keep a lookout for mammals- Mink, River Otters, Harbour Seals and Sea Lions are often seen here. The park has a small section of woodland with a variety of trees and shrubs, and open dune habitat with large-headed sedge, blue-eyed Mary, gumweed and wooly sunflower. The mudflats are unsafe to walk on, but there is a pebbly beach on the east side with good views of Mitlenatch Island and the Coast Mountain Range.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Oyster Bay Beach 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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