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Brandy Creek Beach closed after park rangers find bright green bloom in water

A popular spot in Whiskeytown shuts down after rangers spot a bright green bloom in the water.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 7:30 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2020 9:05 AM

WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - A popular spot in Whiskeytown shut down after rangers spotted an algae bloom.

Just when the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area thought it had turned the corner, a bright green bloom forces the park to shutdown Brandy Creek Beach. Park superintendent Josh Hoines tells Action News Now they’ve only seen algae at this one spot but decided to close the beach just to be safe.

“It is a total bummer because it's a beautiful place,” said Randy Allen of Redding. “Everybody likes to come down there but nobody can go swimming.”

Over the weekend, park rangers noticed a bright green fluorescent bloom in the water.

“One of our rangers noticed it and pointed it out,” said Hoines.

“We scrambled late Sunday to figure out what to do and decided that we would close the beach for a couple of days while we have it tested.”

Anyone trying to get down to Brandy Creek Beach, won’t be able to because the park temporarily locked gates.

“We don’t know at this point what it is, it doesn't necessarily look like toxic algae, but we really need to test it to be safe,” said Hoines.

The park says, the water did get tested and is expecting those results to come in sometime this week. Hoines recommends that people visit other parts of the lake while Brandy Creek Beach is closed.

“Whiskeytown is a big place, we've got lots of access for people to come to,” said Hoines.

Back in May, the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area reopened parts of the park after closing because of the coronavirus.

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