Looks like beautiful weekend weather for swimming, but don’t plan on swimming at Taughannock Falls State Park this weekend. They’ve closed the park to swimming due to algae.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has warned of Harmful Algal Blooms in water bodies throughout NYS this month, and Cayuga Lake is one of the affected lakes. As of July 26, Cayuga Lake is listed as having confirmed blooms across a widespread area, or lakewide. Boaters and residents with docks along Cayuga Lake should also avoid swimming.
Ingesting this variety of blue-green algae can cause health problems for people and animals, and even skin contact can cause rashes.
New York State Parks closed Taughannock to swimming on Friday, and when we called they told us the soonest they would reopen the park for swimming is next Tuesday, August 1.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is listed as open for shallow water swimming, and Robert H. Treman State Park does not have any swimming-related warnings listed at this time. We suggest calling a specific park before you head out if you hope to swim, just to make absolutely sure!