Some activities at Tempe Town Lake to be restricted amid seasonal algae bloom

Jun 9, 2022, 4:35 AM | Updated: 9:44 am
(City of Tempe photo)...
(City of Tempe photo)
(City of Tempe photo)

PHOENIX — A seasonal algae bloom in the water of Tempe Town Lake will result in a temporary restriction of some activities, the city announced Wednesday.

Stand-up paddleboarding and other activities where there is a likelihood of exposure to the water will not be available for the next two weeks out of an abundance of caution, the city said in a press release.

Swimming is never allowed in Tempe Town Lake, except during an organized event, and people are also asked to keep their pets out of the water.

Kayaking, outrigger canoeing, rowing, sailing, dragon boating, pedal boats and catch and release fishing will continue to be allowed, the city said.

Parks around the lake will remain open.

“Crews are in the process of testing the water to ensure it is safe for paddleboarders,” the city said. “These tests are sent out of state and take time to process.

“As soon we are assured that the water meets safety standards, (Tempe) Town Lake will reopen to standup paddleboarders.”

The city said blue green algae blooms are very common as the lake’s ecosystem can be disrupted during significant weather changes.

People can contact Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311 for any questions.

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Some activities at Tempe Town Lake to be restricted amid seasonal algae bloom