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Recreational Advisories

The Oregon Public Health Division works to protect people living, working and playing near Oregon's beaches, rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

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Beach Advisories

Beach water is sampled at designated locations for high levels of bacteria to let visitors know when there is a health concern.

Beach monitoring for 2015 has ended and will resume in 2016 from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit our Beach Water Quality site for more information.

Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories

OHA advises the public when a harmful algae bloom is detected in a lake or river. Not all blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobacteria can produce toxins that cause serious illness in pets, livestock, wildlife and humans. Only a fraction of Oregon waterbodies are monitored due to limited resources, so remember "when in doubt, stay out."

If there are current algae advisories, they will be listed below. Visit our Algae Bloom Advisories page for details.

Fish and Shellfish Advisories and Guidelines

Advisories and consumption guidelines are designed to help you gain the health benefits of eating fish and shellfish while protecting you and your family from contaminants that are sometimes found in seafood.

Stay Safe in the Outdoors

Learn about recreation and potential health issues.