No Body Contact Advisory Issued for North Beach Park


For Immediate Release
July 6, 2023

Matt Allen, Environmental Health Supervisor, 616-393-5635,
Spencer Ballard, Environmental Health Manager, 616-393-5631,

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No Body Contact Advisory Issued for
North Beach Park Due to High Levels of Bacteria

(HOLLAND, MI) - A No Body Contact Advisory has been issued for North Beach Park in Ferrysburg in Ottawa County. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) conducted routine sampling of the E. coli levels at North Beach Park on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, and the sample results showed high levels of E. coli present in the beach water. The elevated levels of E. coli appear to be related to the dredging operations that are ongoing near this location.

This advisory is effective immediately and will be lifted when water samples show acceptable water quality. The public should avoid body contact of any kind with these waters until this advisory is lifted.

Individuals with questions or concerns regarding public beach water sampling, or those who believe they may have become ill after swimming in the impacted waters, should call the OCDPH at 616-393-5645 during normal business hours, or visit and click the red “report a concern” button.

More information about surface water quality in Ottawa County is available at

For the most updated information on public beaches, as well as a listing of water sample results, please visit the Michigan BeachGuard website at

Ottawa County Department of Public Health
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