BC Parks Smelt Bay

Mansons Landing, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Smelt Bay Provincial Park is on the southern end of Cortes Island and is named for the smelt that spawn there. This is the only provincial campground on the remote island, and there are 22 campsites overlooking the bay.

BC Parks notes that it is smart to watch for wolves; please do not attempt to feed them or pet them.

Water Quality
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Current Weather
4°C
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

BC Parks Smelt Bay 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 Guidelines200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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 Guidelines35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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.

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BC Parks Smelt Bay

Mansons Landing, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
4°C
Mostly clear

Smelt Bay Provincial Park is on the southern end of Cortes Island and is named for the smelt that spawn there. This is the only provincial campground on the remote island, and there are 22 campsites overlooking the bay.

BC Parks notes that it is smart to watch for wolves; please do not attempt to feed them or pet them.

Monitoring Frequency

BC Parks Smelt Bay 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 Guidelines200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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 Guidelines35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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.

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