Echo Valley Provincial Park - Echo Lake Public Beach


Echo Valley Provincial Park is located in between two lakes that are part of the Qu’Appelle River. Echo Lake is on the east side of highway 210, and is a very family friendly beach atmosphere. The public beach area is comprised of coarse sand mixed with pebbles. The lake bottom has a similar composition, and the water is very clear with no evidence of weeds. There are reeds washed up along some certain stretches of beach. The beach is long, and on the north end there is a public boat launch with a dock. There is a designated swimming area marked by buoys, and all swimming is unsupervised. No pets on the beach.

Access to the beach is via Highway 210, which runs between Pasqua Lake and Echo Lake. There are large paved parking lots that open directly onto the beach.

The view from the beach is of Echo Valley, however this side has more residential development on the shoreline than neighboring Pasqua Lake. The beach backs onto a grassy park that is surrounded by forest and shrubs. In the park there are several benches and picnic tables for seating, and further upland there are picnic sites with day use BBQs. There are outhouse and trash facilities throughout the park. This area also features change houses, a playground for kids and a beach volleyball court. Echo Lake is surrounded by several Provincial Park campgrounds for those interested in staying overnight.

WATER QUALITY
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CURRENT WEATHER
5°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Echo Valley Provincial Park - Echo Lake Public Beach is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Saskatchewan. Water samples at this beach are processed by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory.

Beaches are monitored at varying frequencies for E. Coli and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from the end of June to the end of August. There are weekly reports on the beaches’ recreational water quality results posted on the Healthy Beach Program website from July to early September.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality under Saskatchewan’s Healthy Beach Program.

The levels of E. coli are measured using the most probable number methodology. High levels of E. coli can indicate faecal contamination, which poses human health risks for gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as ear, nose, and throat infections. In accordance with the guidelines, a beach is marked green when a single sample result is less than 400 E. coli organisms in 100 milliliters of water or the geometric mean of five samples is less than or equal to 200 E. coli per 100 milliliters of water. A beach is marked red when a single sample results has greater than 400 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

The Government of Saskatchewan advises to avoid swimming and in-water activities during water quality advisories. There will be warning signs at the beaches with poor water quality results until the risk to public health is resolved.

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Echo Valley Provincial Park - Echo Lake Public Beach


WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
5°C
Clear

Echo Valley Provincial Park is located in between two lakes that are part of the Qu’Appelle River. Echo Lake is on the east side of highway 210, and is a very family friendly beach atmosphere. The public beach area is comprised of coarse sand mixed with pebbles. The lake bottom has a similar composition, and the water is very clear with no evidence of weeds. There are reeds washed up along some certain stretches of beach. The beach is long, and on the north end there is a public boat launch with a dock. There is a designated swimming area marked by buoys, and all swimming is unsupervised. No pets on the beach.

Access to the beach is via Highway 210, which runs between Pasqua Lake and Echo Lake. There are large paved parking lots that open directly onto the beach.

The view from the beach is of Echo Valley, however this side has more residential development on the shoreline than neighboring Pasqua Lake. The beach backs onto a grassy park that is surrounded by forest and shrubs. In the park there are several benches and picnic tables for seating, and further upland there are picnic sites with day use BBQs. There are outhouse and trash facilities throughout the park. This area also features change houses, a playground for kids and a beach volleyball court. Echo Lake is surrounded by several Provincial Park campgrounds for those interested in staying overnight.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Echo Valley Provincial Park - Echo Lake Public Beach is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Saskatchewan. Water samples at this beach are processed by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory.

Beaches are monitored at varying frequencies for E. Coli and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from the end of June to the end of August. There are weekly reports on the beaches’ recreational water quality results posted on the Healthy Beach Program website from July to early September.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality under Saskatchewan’s Healthy Beach Program.

The levels of E. coli are measured using the most probable number methodology. High levels of E. coli can indicate faecal contamination, which poses human health risks for gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as ear, nose, and throat infections. In accordance with the guidelines, a beach is marked green when a single sample result is less than 400 E. coli organisms in 100 milliliters of water or the geometric mean of five samples is less than or equal to 200 E. coli per 100 milliliters of water. A beach is marked red when a single sample results has greater than 400 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

The Government of Saskatchewan advises to avoid swimming and in-water activities during water quality advisories. There will be warning signs at the beaches with poor water quality results until the risk to public health is resolved.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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