Swim area was closed from July 3 to July 10 due to a suspicious algal bloom.

Penn Yan's Red Jacket Park swim area has been cleared by the New York State Department of Health to re-open today, July 10. Normal hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, actual hours will be posted at the park each day, since they can change due to weather and staffing issues.

The swimming beach closed after the DOH issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory for Red Jacket Park July 3. A blue-green algae bloom had been identified in the swim area that morning.

Indian Pines Park also remains open for all activities, including swimming.

About Blooms

Blue-green algal blooms can turn the water green and can form thick scums on the water surface. Blue-green algae can cause skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should keep out of the water where blooms are present.

The DOH recommends taking the following precautions:

• Don’t swim, wade or fish near blooms or scums

• Don’t drink the water

• Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums

• Rinse with clean water if exposed

Report symptoms that may be associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms, such as skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting to the Department of Health at 315-789-3030.

Report suspicious blooms

If you suspect you have seen a HAB, report it to Department of Environmental Conservation. A Suspicious Algal Bloom Report Form is found here. If possible, attach digital photos. Email HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov if you are not able to complete the form.

The DEC's website has more information, including maps locating reported blooms.