High levels of E.Coli close Forbes Lake beach to swimmers

MARION COUNTY — The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that until further notice swimming will be prohibited at one beach in Marion County, due to the presence in the water of bacteria that could make people ill.

Due to heavy rains and a large runoff into Forbes Lake, high levels of E. Coli bacteria have resulted in the closure of Rocky Point Beach at Forbes State Park.

Until those levels of E. Coli are brought down, the gate to the beach will remain locked, with notices regarding the closure placed around the park. All other activities on the lake will continue.