Two state park swimming beaches temporarily closed because of bacteria levels

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Two swimming beaches at Missouri state parks have been closed until further notice because of high bacteria levels.

The state Department of Natural Resources released a notice Wednesday that the Monsanto Lake beach at St. Joe State Park has been made off-limits for swimming. The park is located in the southeastern town of Park Hills.

High levels of E. coli bacteria have also forced the closing of the Hermitage swimming beach at Pomme de Terre State Park in southern Missouri.

Officials said Pim Lake in St. Joe State Park and the Pittsburg swimming beach at Pomme de Terre both remain open for swimming.


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