Lacamas Lake (Courtesy: Clark County)

PORTLAND, Oregon.KOIN) – Public health officials issued a warning Wednesday about high toxin levels in Lacamas Lake in Washington, meaning the water will not be safe to swim in or drink over the long weekend.

An excess of harmful algae has increased the levels of cyanotoxins in the water, which can be dangerous to humans and especially harmful to children – or even fatal to pets.


Inhaling or touching the toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. It can also cause skin rashes, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

If you swallow the water, you may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in your fingers or toes, and dizziness.

Officials will take weekly water samples to test for toxin levels and update the advice on their website. websiteHowever, it is not clear how long this will last.

Health officials say you should not swim or water ski in the water for the time being. If you plan to use a motorized boat, paddleboard, kayak or canoe, avoid areas with foam.

Do not drink the water and if you go fishing, clean the fish thoroughly and throw away all the organs.