Matthews Beach Park’s water access closed due to toxic algae

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File photo of toxic scum along a lake shore. (Photo: Kambou Sia/AFP/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Matthews Beach Park in northeast Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation said toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of Matthews Beach, which is located at 49th Avenue NE and NE 93rd Street.

Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake, especially where the scum has accumulated, and dogs should not drink from the lake. If there is water contact, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

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