Gifford Pinchot State Park lake closed to water activities

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

The lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County is closed to swimming and other water activities due to the presence of algae that could potentially sicken the public. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees the state parks, said in a statement that current lake conditions at Pinchot State Park in Warrington Township make the water susceptible to harmful algal blooms. 

Those algal blooms produce toxins that can potentially sicken humans, pets and wildlife that come in contact with them, state officials said.

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A warning was put in place Thursday to restrict water usage, such as swimming. The swimming areas at the Quaker Race Day Use Area and the campground beach will be closed until further notice. 

Water activities at the Gifford Pinchot State Park lake have been restricted because of the potential of coming contact with a harmful algal bloom. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Boating or paddle boarding in areas with foam or discoloration is prohibited in the park. It was also advised to wash immediately after coming in contact with the water. 

The restrictions for water use will be lifted after testing confirms it is safe to resume those activities. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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