New boat ban makes closure of Anderson Lake complete

PORT HADLOCK — Anderson Lake was closed to boating — in addition to swimming and eating fish from the water — after Jefferson County public health officials said levels of blue-green algae biotoxins had soared to high levels in water samples tested earlier this week.

Anderson Lake State Park remains open.

Closure of the park itself is up to Anderson Lake State Park rangers. The county public health department did not recommend closure.

Attempts to contact park officials Thursday were unsuccessful.

“Anderson Lake tests results are bad, really high,” Dr. Tom Locke, county health officer, said late Thursday afternoon.

“It’s high enough to kill dogs.

“We’re back to where we were years ago.”

The first indication that the popular 70-acre trout lake about eight miles south of Port Townsend could be poisonous came Memorial Day weekend in 2006, when two dogs died after drinking lake water.

The lake was closed for that entire summer.

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