Bathing Beach Sampling

The following table contains the current status of Cecil County Bathing Beaches and the dates samples were collected as of 8/26/2019.

Bathers should be aware that bacteria are always present in natural bathing waters.

Pass = low levels of bacteria present at time of sampling.

Fail = high levels of bacteria present at time of sampling which require issuing an advisory.

Beach May June July August Current Status
Holloway Beach 5/4; 5/18 6/15 7/20; 7/27 8/3 Pass
Charlestown Manor 5/4; 5/18 6/1; 6/15 7/6; 7/13; 7/20; 7/27 8/10; 8/17; 8/24 Fail
Elk Neck State Park-
Northeast River
5/4; 5/18 6/1; 6/8; 6/15; 6/22 7/6; 7/13; 7/20; 7/27 8/3; 8/10; 8/17; 8/24 Pass
Elk Neck State Park- Elk River 5/4; 5/18 6/22 7/13; 7/27 8/24 Pass
Sandy Hill Camp 5/4; 5/18 6/1 7/6 8/3 Pass
Hacks Point 5/5 6/2; 6/16 7/7; 7/21 8/11; 8/18 Pass
Buttonwood Beach 5/5; 5/19 6/2; 6;16 7/7; 7/21 8/11; 8/18 Pass
Elkview Shores 5/5; 5/19 6/2; 6/16 7/7 8/11 Pass
Crystal Beach 5/5; 5/19 6/2; 6/16 7/7; 7/21 8/11; 8/18 Pass
Grove Point Camp Not Open
Indian Acres 5/5; 5/19 6/16 7/21 8/18 Pass

When an advisory is issued it is recommended that you not swim or wade in the water. Risk of illness comes from contacting beach water in several ways. These include ingesting natural water, getting water in the nose, eyes, and ears, or in an open wound. If one has an open wound on the lower legs or feet, it could become infected even from wading. It is important to note that sample results reflect the water conditions at a particular time and that surface waters are not bacteria free; water which is muddy or murky looking such as after a heavy rainfall is more likely to have higher levels of bacteria. Parents of young children should be especially cautious, since the children may be more vulnerable to infections from contaminated water, as well as more likely to swallow water when swimming or playing.

For information on what you can do to help protect our beaches, visit the MarylandHealthyBeaches.com website.