Recreational Waters


Wake County Environmental Services will begin testing the water in recreational beach areas as summer outdoor activity increases. During the summer season (late May–Labor Day weekend) Wake County samples fresh water bodies at public beaches and some private camps for E. coli and Enterococci bacteria in order to inform swimmers and others who come in contact with the water regarding bacteria levels in recreational water. These bacteria are plentiful in feces of humans and animals and indicate presence of feces, which may contain pathogens capable of causing human illness.

Green – No advisory; bacteria is below exceedance thresholds.

Yellow – Caution; recent test results indicate elevated levels of bacteria; enter water at your own risk. Advisory will remain in place until bacteria levels no longer exceed the standard.

Red – Closed for public health nuisance; conditions exist for elevated health risks. Body contact with water is not allowed. Beach will remain closed until the nuisance is abated.

Status Map

To see the status of a recreational waters location:

  • Click the icon for that location on the map,
  • You can also view detailed data reports for a location,
  • Advisories and closings will also be listed in the news section.