Million Dollar Beach reopens in Lake George

June 18, 2017 06:41 PM

LAKE GEORGE – It was hot and humid on Sunday. For many, it was a perfect time to take a dip in Lake George even with the water temperature about 60 degrees.

“I love the water, and beautiful water is my thing,” said beachgoer Rachel May.

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But that beautiful water was contaminated with E.coli, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. That prompted officials to close the state-owned Million Dollar Beach since August 2016.

“I was bummed,” May said. “I've been on boats in Lake George. I've never actually swam in it.”

May came up from downstate on vacation with her family. They were looking forward to spending time on Million Dollar Beach. Some took a dip anyway while the beach while still officially closed.

“I was kind of creeped out,” said beachgoer Patrick Ryan. “I brought three kids in the water with me. They were like 6 year olds.”

Thankfully, just hours later, the DEC gave the okay to reopen the beach. The agency tested the water Friday and E.coli results came back on Saturday afternoon below the Department of Health's sanitary threshold.

The DEC says it delayed reopening the beach out of an abundance of caution with high E.coli levels associated with heavy rain.

“My daughter had gotten a bacterial thing from a public pool,” May said. “She was sick for a year. So, I'd rather be safe than sorry.”

“I had no desire to go in there when I heard what was happening,” added beachgoer Dawn Hudson. “But now it's clean. It was just a scare.”

It was a scare beachgoers hope will not happen again as they plan for a return trip next year.

“I was actually looking at the water thinking to myself, ‘I'm going to see about booking next year,'” May said.


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