Bartlett & Opechee Cove beaches to remain closed through the weekend

LACONIA — Bartlett Beach on Lake Winnisquam and Opechee Cove Beach on Lake Opechee will remain under advisories warning against wading and swimming through the remainder of the week and the entire weekend.

Water samples collected at both beaches on Monday continued to register elevated levels of fecal bacteria in excess of state standards. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services the advisories will remain in effect at the two beaches pending the results of the next round of samples scheduled to be taken on Monday, August 5, which will be announced the next day.

The beach at Ahern State Park on Lake Winnisquam has also been posted because more than a quarter-inch of rain fell in a period of six hours. The posting will be lifted when a 24-hour period passes with no more than a tenth of an inch of rain.

The advisory for Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee was lifted after the most recent tests reported bacteria levels within state standards.