Visitors to Split Rock Creek State Park in the southwestern corner of Minnesota can once again cool off on a hot summer day by going for a swim. The beach, which had been closed since late May, reopened in time for the July Fourth holiday weekend.
DNR officials had temporarily closed the beach after test results from Pipestone County Public Health Services showed elevated fecal coliform counts following a manure spill near the state park. Recent tests indicate that water quality is again well within Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
“We’re very pleased to have the beach open again,” said Jeff Sieve, regional park operations supervisor for state parks in the southern region of Minnesota. “The lake is the predominant feature of this park, and with the hottest weeks of summer coming up, we know visitors who’ve been out hiking, fishing, or geocaching in the sun will appreciate the opportunity to jump in the lake and cool off with a swim.”