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Algae bloom found in Horseshoe Lake at Upper Bidwell Park

Summer seems to be the perfect time to cool off by swimming, but recent tests performed by the Butte County Public Health Department at Horsehoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park show that there are two harmful cyanotoxins in the lake.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 10:23 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 12:28 AM

CHICO, Calif. -Summer seems to be the perfect time to cool off by swimming, but recent tests performed by the Butte County Public Health Department at Horsehoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park show that there are two harmful cyanotoxins in the lake. 

A person can get a sore throat, congestions, have coughing, difficulty breathing, and abdominal pain if they are exposed to these toxins. 

The health department is advising people to stay away from the water at Horseshoe Lake if possible. 

In rare cases exposure to these toxins can lead to death. Even pets can get sick. 

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office says the algae bloom advisory for Black Butte Lake has been lifted. 

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