Page Updated: July 20, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
The lake at Cane Creek Park has reopened. Certified lab results of testing multiple algae samples have confirmed recreational activities are safe to resume. Union County will continue to regularly test algae to monitor naturally-occurring algal blooms.
As a reminder, some water activities at Cane Creek Park, including the beach and kayak/canoe/paddleboard rentals, are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 30, 2020, staff at Cane Creek Park observed areas of excessive algae in the lake at Cane Creek Park. Water samples have already been collected for testing and analysis.
Although algae is naturally-occurring as a result of warm temperatures and rain, we are taking every measure to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees. Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing the lake and all water activities, including fishing, at Cane Creek Park until test results are available. Some water activities at Cane Creek Park, including the beach and kayak/canoe/paddleboard rentals, have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary lake closure affects personal watercraft and fishing, in addition to the closures due to the pandemic.
Once results are available, staff will determine the appropriate next steps, including additional testing, if additional closures are necessary, and when water activities may resume.
As more information is available, updates will be shared to this webpage.
Click here to read more information about algae blooms from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.