Elk Lake is a freshwater body located off the Patricia Bay Highway (Highway 17) on the Saanich Peninsula, approximately 12 kilometers north of downtown Victoria. The lake is home to the Victoria City Rowing Club and is the training area for Canada’s Olympic Rowing Team. Elk Lake is joined to the smaller Beaver Lake at its south end and forms part of Elk Lake Regional Park, a popular spot for swimming, fishing and other water sports. The park features four beaches, picnic facilities, washrooms, playgrounds, boat launches, a fishing pier, concession stands and 15 kilometers of trails, some of which are multi-use, allowing for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. The 10-kilometer perimeter trail that encircles both lakes is especially popular among joggers and dog-walkers. The beaches and picnic areas are accessible for people with disabilities. There are four parking lots at the park - three at Elk Lake and one at Beaver Lake.

The sampling location at Elk Lake is located at Hamsterly Beach, at the north end of the lake, near the parking lot off Brookleigh Road.

WATER QUALITY
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  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 30th, 2017. Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter - BWYTF 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
10°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Elk Lake is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing water samples. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E. Coli per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

Freshwater beaches are marked green when single sample test results show E. coli levels below 235 MPN / 100 mL of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when E. coli results are equal to or above 235 MPN / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 30th, 2017. Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter - BWYTF 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
10°C
Mostly clear

Elk Lake is a freshwater body located off the Patricia Bay Highway (Highway 17) on the Saanich Peninsula, approximately 12 kilometers north of downtown Victoria. The lake is home to the Victoria City Rowing Club and is the training area for Canada’s Olympic Rowing Team. Elk Lake is joined to the smaller Beaver Lake at its south end and forms part of Elk Lake Regional Park, a popular spot for swimming, fishing and other water sports. The park features four beaches, picnic facilities, washrooms, playgrounds, boat launches, a fishing pier, concession stands and 15 kilometers of trails, some of which are multi-use, allowing for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. The 10-kilometer perimeter trail that encircles both lakes is especially popular among joggers and dog-walkers. The beaches and picnic areas are accessible for people with disabilities. There are four parking lots at the park - three at Elk Lake and one at Beaver Lake.

The sampling location at Elk Lake is located at Hamsterly Beach, at the north end of the lake, near the parking lot off Brookleigh Road.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Elk Lake is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing water samples. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E. Coli per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

Freshwater beaches are marked green when single sample test results show E. coli levels below 235 MPN / 100 mL of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when E. coli results are equal to or above 235 MPN / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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