Bowman Lake

McDonough, New York

Bowmans Lake beach is a wonderful swimming beach that offers tones of fun activities. The park allows for boat rentals and launches, biking and hiking trails, allows for fishing’s, and has an open picnic area. After a day of swimming you can rinse off in the common area showers. For those who would like to stay over night there are campsites, trailer sites, and camper assistance programs.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2018. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Bowman Lake is sampled weekly from June 5th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

State park authorities monitor beaches weekly from June 1 to September 9. When a beach is posted, signs are posted at the beach and the public is notified 18-24 hours after an elevated concentration of bacteria occurs. Beaches are monitored for E.coli and blue-green algae. If blue-green algae is present, a beach is also marked as posted.

Freshwater beaches in New York are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Chapter I of the State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-2 includes more criteria for freshwater quality, but most monitoring agencies rely on the E. coli standard.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Bowman Lake

McDonough, New York

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2018. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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:   

Bowmans Lake beach is a wonderful swimming beach that offers tones of fun activities. The park allows for boat rentals and launches, biking and hiking trails, allows for fishing’s, and has an open picnic area. After a day of swimming you can rinse off in the common area showers. For those who would like to stay over night there are campsites, trailer sites, and camper assistance programs.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Bowman Lake is sampled weekly from June 5th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

State park authorities monitor beaches weekly from June 1 to September 9. When a beach is posted, signs are posted at the beach and the public is notified 18-24 hours after an elevated concentration of bacteria occurs. Beaches are monitored for E.coli and blue-green algae. If blue-green algae is present, a beach is also marked as posted.

Freshwater beaches in New York are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Chapter I of the State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-2 includes more criteria for freshwater quality, but most monitoring agencies rely on the E. coli standard.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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