Carver Lake Beach is closed due to the presence of blue-green algae
Updated Tuesday, July 20: Carver Lake users are advised to avoid contact with the lake until further notice due to the presence of blue-green algae. The presence of blue-green algae in Carver Lake was found Tuesday, July 20. The beach will remain closed until further notice.
Located at 3175 Century Avenue South, Carver Lake Park features a boardwalk, swimming beach, open air shelter, picnic area, playground and the Carver Lake Off-road Cycling Trail.
Reserve open air shelter online
Carver Lake Beach is an unguarded beach - no lifeguard is on duty. Swim at your own risk. Park guests are allowed to swim from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Questions can be directed to Woodbury Parks and Recreation at 651-714-3583 or email@example.com
- Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water
- No glass containers
- No pets allowed
- No smoking allowed
- No fishing
- No fires allowed
- No boat, canoe or kayak launching
- No alcohol (except by permit; see below)
For other City of Woodbury water activities, please visit the HealthEast Splash Pad page.
Not all blue-green algal blooms produce toxins; however, there is no way to predict if or when a bloom will produce toxins. For this reason it is best to avoid contact and stay out of the water when blooms are present.
If you believe you or your pets are experiencing adverse health effects due to contact with, or ingestion of, lake water or algae, seek medical attention immediately.
The following Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) fact sheets include photos and more information about blue-green algae.
E.coli Testing at Carver Lake Beach
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a single-celled bacteria with a variety of strains. While most strains are harmless, some can make us sick. While water sample tests cannot tell the difference between good or bad strains of E.coli, the higher the reported number, the greater the risk that a harmful strain is present.
After a large rainfall, bacteria accumulated within the immediate watershed may run-off into the swimming area. In particular, a primary source of bacteria is goose feces that can run-off into the swimming area. This runoff can lead to increased E. coli levels. Warmer water temperatures mean more bacteria growth and higher levels.
You can reduce the chances of getting sick from while swimming at beaches by:
- Avoiding getting water in your mouth
- Washing hands after swimming and before eating
- Avoiding swimming after significant rainfall
The City of Woodbury will test for E. coli at Carver Lake Beach on a weekly basis between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If the results exceed state guidelines, the beach will be closed.
The beach will re-open once the water has been sampled and levels are back to within the state guidelines.
Temporary alcohol restriction at Carver Lake Park
As of June 13, 2019, a temporary alcohol restriction at Carver Lake Park is in effect. The restriction includes all areas of the park, with the exception of the park shelter by city permit only. The intention of the restriction is to assist in curbing inappropriate park behavior, particularly at the beach, and allows staff time to identify ways the park could be used to its full potential.