Beaches and Recreational Waters in Minnesota
As the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” there are plenty of opportunities to go swimming at beaches in Minnesota. Although it is normal for beaches to have microorganisms in the water, sometimes the water contains pathogens that can make people sick. These pathogens may naturally inhabit the water or come from sewage overflows, leaky septic tanks, stormwater runoff, boating waste, and animal or human waste.
- Beach Monitoring
Learn about how beach waters are monitored in Minnesota.
- Staying Healthy at the Beach
Learn what you can do to stay healthy at the beach. Includes information about how to prevent recreational water illnesses, food safety tips, and advice about how to avoid injuries and protect yourself from the sun.
- Waterborne Illness
Waterborne illness is caused by recreational or drinking water contaminated by disease-causing microbes or pathogens.
Causes and Symptoms | Prevention | Statistics | Waterborne Outbreaks | For Health Professionals | Print Materials
- Swimming Safety
Simple steps make for safe, healthy swimming.
- Fish Consumption Guidance
General guidelines to help you make decisions for yourself and your family about your fish-eating habits.