The Bad River Natural Resources Beach Monitoring Project was formed in 2011, using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds granted to our program from the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership. Upon finalization of the Bad River Tribe’s Water Quality Standards, we became eligible for funding through the Beach Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The purpose of this monitoring project is to provide the public with updated information regarding the safety of our area beach water.
Water is routinely tested at Lake Superior beaches by the Bad River Water Resources program for certain levels of E. coli. High levels may indicate unsafe levels of other harmful pathogens (bacteria, viruses, pathogens) in the water. We use this information to ensure the water is safe for area beach enthusiasts. In the event E. coli levels exceed the Tribe’s standard, we will issue an advisory for that specific beach. We will post an advisory sign at area beaches that show signs of contamination, email a Tribal wide advisory to all Tribal employees, and post an update on the Beach Monitoring recorded message, which can be accessed 24-hours per day, for your convenience. We will resample the beach until the advisory can be removed. For more information on signage and sampling, click here.
Joe Rose Beach
Bad River Mouth East
Bad River Mouth West
Sand Cut Beach
Amnicon Bay (Madeline Island)
Beach Monitoring Project Update Recorded Message: 715-685-7870
Wisconsin Beach Health
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Beach Information
Spiny Water Fleas in the Great Lakes Region
Zooplankton – small goo balls on Lake Superior beaches
For contact information, please see the Natural Resources department contact list on the department home page.