MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Lake Hiawatha in south Minneapolis has been closed to swimming because of high bacteria levels.

The beach was closed last week after E. coli levels in the water topped those deemed safe by state guidelines.

The state parks department said Lake Hiawatha is more prone to pollutants than other swimming areas, because Minnehaha Creek runs through part of it, carrying goose droppings and other runoff.

So far, there have been no reports of people being sickened from swimming in the lake.

As soon as levels are back to normal, the lake will be reopened for swimming.

Comments (24)
  1. the keverator says:

    IT WAS PROBABLY KEVIN THAT POOPED IN THE LAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dan says:

    They should require showers prior to swimming in that cess pool like they do at public pools.

    1. The Architect says:

      Uhhh, what good would showering before entering Lake Hiawatha do, Dan? Please explain.

      1. Iconoclast says:

        Looks like the cowardly racist piece of human garbage that is “The Architect” finally made a valid point.

        1. The Architect says:

          We’re still waiting for you to make one. The difference is we aren’t holding out much hope while waiting for you to do it.

      2. dan says:

        Same reason they do at public pools. So the pool is a place to get refreshed not swim in someones dirty bath water.

        1. The Architect says:

          So you think swimmers are going to get the lake dirty, not the other way around, eh?

          Many hundreds of studies will probably fly in the face of that strange bit of logic, Dan…

          How weird…

          1. dan says:

            Gee, I guess population has nothing to due with lake cleaniness? Do you ever recall having to worry about e coli in the boundary waters or the remote areas of Minnesota? Nope, just the local cess pools of Mpls.

            1. The Architect says:

              I was hoping you would at least answer with an answer, but you didn’t, so I’ll have to pose the question again.

              Are the swimmers the ones causing the lake to be polluted by not showering first?

              Yes or no.

              1. dan says:

                So you reply with a question instead of an answer and I return the favor, but somehow I am the wrong one here? Sounds like a Seinfeld episode, too funny!
                Dirty swimmers are not the only cause to the massive amounts of e coli in the water, but Geese are not the sole problem either.
                There are many lakes that have thousands of geese but do not have e coli problems.

                1. The Architect says:

                  Dirty swimmers are not even ONE cause of ANY eColi in the water, Dan.

                  I feel like I’m teaching a class of special ed students, Dan, only you’re not even listening to the lecture. Possibly, you aren’t capable of comprehending what I’m saying. I’m willing to accept that maybe I’m talking right over your pointed head on this one…

              2. dan says:

                Wow, thanks for the special ed class Architect. Try not to take yourself too seriously.

  3. K. says:

    It’s the geese pooping in the water that’s causing this E. Coli. infestation…..not people. Can’t you read? We definitely have way too many geese in the city.

    1. Patrick says:

      We have too many people on the planet. That’s the real problem. Nature regulates it’s self, people don’t. I doubt that e-coli would be a problem in the water if the whole area had not been developed and changed by humans. By all means, though, continue to blame the geese.

      1. The Architect says:

        The geese poo is the problem that will need to be resolved to rectify this situation. Killing off or relocating the humans is not really a viable option, Patrick. Going back in time and stopping human progression in central Minnesota is probably not feasible either.

        Most people with an IQ higher than 50 already knew this though.

        1. Patrick says:

          Neither of the two options you mention were actually suggested in my post. I was merely pointing out the real cause of the problem. Perhaps things could be done differently in the future. Anyone with an IQ over 50 also knows treating symptoms rather than root causes is just window dressing. Speaking of IQs, It seems you are suggesting mine is less than 50. You are wrong by about 100 points. I’m guessing you’re a reasonably smart guy so I’ll let you venture a realistic guess as too which direction you are off. By the way, don’t you have some racist posts to make on another article? Yeah, many are aware of the hateful junk you write.

          1. The Architect says:

            You were the one who stated that he had identified the “REAL PROBLEM.”


            If we want to solve the e.Coli issue, we should probably address the “real problem” in order to fix it.


            So, it seems you think humans are the real problem. Therefore addressing that real problem means addressing the human population crisis you thankfully identified.


            1. Billy says:

              No, just stop using the lake as a porta potty!

              1. The Architect says:

                That is not the cause of this issue, so that is not a valid point, sir…

                1. Billy says:

                  Oh really Architect? So have you seen the studies of the sample fecal matter in the water? Is it from Geese or Human?

        2. Claire says:

          Doesnt human waste contain ecoli? Maybe we just need a few more porta potties

    2. Sam says:

      Actually, the e Coli that is harmful to people comes from cattle. It is usually runoff from factory farms that taints crops and waterways.

    3. Claire says:

      “Goose droppings and other runoff” The other is what concerns me. Human waste, fertilizers, cow farm runoff? What is it?

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