Although the Renfrew County District Health Unit has not yet cleared Lakeshore Beach in Barry’s Bay of its safety warning, you may not see the warning signs.

Madawaska Valley Township is urging people to not remove the signs posted at the lake, as they are put up for everyone’s safety. The Township says staff have had to replace multiple signs over the past week.

The health unit has confirmed to Moose FM that E-coli has been detected in the water. Manager of Healthy Environments with the Health Unit David Tantalo says the levels were above the threshold, and skin rashes, infection, vomiting and diarrhea are possible. He says users are warned to swim at their own risk or don’t swim here. Tantalo says it’s not entirely clear what caused the spike.

Swimming lessons are still taking place at Wadsworth Beach until the situation resolves.