Blue Marsh Lake swimming beach closed

BERN TWP., Pa. - Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of summer, when many people enjoy a whole host of outdoor activities, including picnics, games, and their first swim of the season.

But, if you're planning to spend part of your holiday weekend at Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, you'll want to take note of some changes from years' past.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the facilities listed below are closed, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees recreational activities at the lake.

  • All public restroom buildings in the Dry Brooks Day Use Area
  • Swimming beach
  • Life jacket loaner stations
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Visitor center building, including restrooms
  • Ranger station and administration buildings

Officials said picnic tables have been spread apart throughout the area in an effort to help visitors abide by social distancing guidelines. Those who go to the lake are advised not to gather in groups outside of their household unit.

Also, the Water Road access area is closed due to work being done to connect a pipeline from the Blue Marsh Dam to the Western Berks Water Authority treatment plant.

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