Matthews Beach reopens as bacteria concentrations subside

Aug 6 2020, 10:47 am

Those hoping to take a dip in Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach can now do so, as the waters of Matthews Beach in Seattle have reopened to the public.

King County officials closed the beach on July 16 due to high bacteria concentrations but have since reopened as bacteria concentrations lowered.

According to King County, bacteria levels have been safe to swim in as of August 4. The beach tested at 128 CFU/100 ml, when anything equal to or less than 200 is considered safe for swimming.

Matthews Beach

Matthews Beach

King County

Enatai Beach, Gene Coulon, Lake Wilderness Beach, Madrona Beach, Mount Baker Beach, and Newcastle Beach currently remain closed.

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