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You May Not Want To Swim In This Utah Lake This Summer Due To A Dangerous Discovery

Utah is right in the middle of the hottest part of the year, with temperatures along the Wasatch Front creeping up over 100 degrees frequently. While all that summer heat might make you want to head to the nearest lake to cool off, you might want to avoid splashing around in Utah Lake.

The Utah County Health Department recommends that people stay out of the water for now. While boating is still safe, swimming, waterskiing and tubing could cause problems. And of course, drinking the water (or accidentally swallowing it while swimming, for instance) could cause much more serious side effects.

Take a look at this time-lapse video posted by The Salt Lake Tribune last year at this time. It shows how the algae grows and spreads in the lake during hot temperatures.

Keep tabs on what’s happening at Utah Lake by visiting the Utah County Health Department’s website.

Have you seen this year’s algae bloom at Utah Lake? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Catherine Armstrong
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.