EAGLE — The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted a “no pets in the lake” policy at Eagle Island State Park.
Pet feces -- direct, on fur, or on paws -- is a major cause of harmful bacteria in recreational waterways, according to the Park’s website.
Officials say that want to keep “this popular recreation area open and accessible for (everyone’s) enjoyment.”
So that’s why officials have taken steps to keep dog out of the water -– for now.
Health officials say pet feces can cause E.coli in water, which can make people sick.
They offer these tips when recreating in water:
-Use swim diapers
-Never swim when you’re ill
-Shower or dry off with a towel after swimming
-Keep pets on a leash when in the park
-Always pick up pet waste
-Don’t feed the geese or ducks
The lake water at Eagle Island State Park is tested weekly with samples shared and analyzed by the State Department of Environmental Quality.
Eagle Island State Park has pet-friendly areas where dogs are allowed -– along park trails, in open fields/training areas, and along the Boise River.