Houghton Beach has Reopened for Water Activities

Published on August 19, 2021

Park sign for Houghton Beach Park with trees and green foliage

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Joy Johnston
Interim Communications Program Manager


KIRKLAND, Wash. – After a two-week closure due to elevated bacteria levels, Public Health – Seattle & King County has recommended that the City reopen Houghton Beach for swimming, wading and other recreational water activities.  

Water quality staff from the King County Water and Land Resources Division tested the water on Tuesday, August 17, and found the waters safe for recreational use. King County crews will return weekly to the beach throughout the summer to take additional samples to ensure that the water is safe. City lifeguards are on-shift from 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 19.   

For additional details, visit King County’s Lake Swimming Beach Data webpage. For more information about swimming beach closures in King County, please watch our video, which explains the science behind these perennial closures and provides all of us with suggestions on what we can do to help avoid closures like this in the future. While the video focuses on Juanita Beach, it applies to other King County swimming beaches as well.