Two public beaches at Lake of Ozarks are open

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 12:57 p.m. CDT; updated 9:49 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 1, 2009

KAISER, Mo. — Just in time for the Fourth of July, both public beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks Park are open.

The two swimming beaches had been closed in early June after tests found high concentrations of E-coli. One beach reopened last week and the second beach was reopened Wednesday.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Susanne Medley said the agency had asked that the tests be completed as soon as possible so park officials would know if the beaches could be open during the July Fourth holiday.

Lake of the Ozarks State park draws more than a million visitors a year.

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