MEDFORD, Ore. — A health advisory has been issued for Lost Creek Lake in Jackson County.
Oregon Public Health issued the advisory on Friday due to high levels of blue-green algae in Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.
Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.
Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Lost Creek Lake is especially dangerous.
For local information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255 and the Jackson County Health Department at 541-774-8206. For health information, contact the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance (HABS) program at 971-673-0400.
The HABS program maintains a current list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “algae bloom advisories,” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.