Thursday, August 9, 2012

Beach Closures in Missouri

Beaches at Watkins Mill State Park temporarily closed for water quality issues

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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. The swimming beach at Watkins Mill State Park, located northeast of Kansas City, has been temporarily closed for water quality issues, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The beach was closed Wednesday following the results of water samples taken Monday and will remain closed until subsequent sample results show the water at the beach has returned to Missouri State Parks and Department of Natural Resources standards. Samples will be taken again on Monday.

Lincoln Beach at Cuivre River State Park, located in Lincoln County northwest of St. Louis, reopened today after sample results met water quality standards.

The department samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.

The beaches at two parks, Lewis and Clark State Park in Buchanan County and Trail of Tears State Park, Cape Girardeau County, remain closed for maintenance unrelated to water quality. Visit for additional information.

Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive free electronic notices about the status of state park beaches by visiting the department’s website at In addition, visitors may continue to check the state park beach status on the department’s website at as well as