Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach


Pine Lake Day Use Area is a smaller beach with a dock on the northern end of the lake next to one of the private campgrounds. The beach is sandy and the swimming area typical of Pine Lake (clearer water in May, June and algae in July, August. There are amenities nearby for day-trippers.

Pine Lake has a history of blue-green algae blooms including later in the summers of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The water quality of Pine Lake is typical of the area with some algal growth in the Summer months causing a greening of the waters. Not typical of other lakes in Alberta is the hypoliminetic withdrawl system installed under the supervision of the Pine Lake Restoration Society in 1997. This system is intended to reduce the eutrophication of the highly trophic sediment and cool waters on the lake bottom. The lake still has algal growth but the success of the system is being monitored. Pine Lake has been called Ghost Pine Lake and Devel's Pine Lake in the past because of a native story that the lakeshore was haunted by a Cree warrior avenging the death of his tribe.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 5th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 5th, 2017 at 5:32 PM.
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Current Weather
-16°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th from September 1st.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria. Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml. When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

Water Quality Graph

Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach


COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 5th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 5th, 2017 at 5:32 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
-16°C
A mix of sun and clouds

Pine Lake Day Use Area is a smaller beach with a dock on the northern end of the lake next to one of the private campgrounds. The beach is sandy and the swimming area typical of Pine Lake (clearer water in May, June and algae in July, August. There are amenities nearby for day-trippers.

Pine Lake has a history of blue-green algae blooms including later in the summers of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The water quality of Pine Lake is typical of the area with some algal growth in the Summer months causing a greening of the waters. Not typical of other lakes in Alberta is the hypoliminetic withdrawl system installed under the supervision of the Pine Lake Restoration Society in 1997. This system is intended to reduce the eutrophication of the highly trophic sediment and cool waters on the lake bottom. The lake still has algal growth but the success of the system is being monitored. Pine Lake has been called Ghost Pine Lake and Devel's Pine Lake in the past because of a native story that the lakeshore was haunted by a Cree warrior avenging the death of his tribe.

Monitoring Frequency

Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th from September 1st.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria. Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml. When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

Water Quality Graph

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Pine Lake, Alberta
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