Black Hills National Forest officials are advising people to not use Mitchell Lake in the Black Hills National Forest for recreational purposes. Activities such as swimming, wading, and play by children where bodily contact with the water is likely, should be avoided.
Pennington County's Office of Emergency Management issued a press release Thursday, July 4, 2013 titled Public Health Concern, regarding a stretch along Spring Creek located east of Hill City and extending downstream to Mitchell Lake. The public health concern is based on the measured bacterial loading levels of that portion of Spring Creek.
"Since that portion of Spring Creek drains directly into Mitchell Lake, it is likely that the lake is experiencing similar levels of bacterial loading," said Craig Bobzien, Forest Supervisor. "For public safety, we ask people to use caution in and around Mitchell Lake until bacteria levels in Spring Creek have decreased to an acceptable level."
For more information on Recreational Water Quality Criteria please visit http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/health/recreation/index.cfm