Lake Temescal closed for swimming due to toxic algae

FILE: Photo credit: Hal MacLean, East Bay Regional Park District

OAKLAND (KRON) — Lake Temescal in Oakland has been closed for swimming until further notice due to an outbreak of toxic algae in the water.

The East Bay Regional Park District announced the closure on the evening of Monday, June 27.

Lake Temescal is located in the Oakland Hills near the interchange between state Highways 24 and 13.

The park district’s other lakes for swimming remain open — Quarry Lakes in Fremont, Lake Anza in Berkeley, Lake Del Valle in Livermore, Cull Canyon in
Castro Valley, Contra Loma in Antioch and Don Castro in Hayward.

Exposure to toxic algae can cause rashes, skin or eye irritation, allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems, and can also be fatal to dogs, according to park district officials.

An update on conditions at the park district’s lakes can be found by visiting http://www.ebparks.org/features/Toxic_Algae_Update

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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