Toxic algal blooms found in Merced River, recreation closures in place

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management issued an emergency closure of some public land in Mariposa County.

The temporary closure comes as officials confirmed toxic algae blooms in the Merced River.

The closure will remain until at least September 17.

In late August, officials confirmed that harmful algae bloom was found in Hensley Lake in Madera County.

Officials say, typically, algal blooms occur in late summer or early fall.

The following recreation areas will be impacted:
  • Merced River Campground Access Road
  • McCabe Flat Campground
  • Willow Placer Campground
  • Railroad Flat Campground
  • North Fork Primitive Camp
  • Cable Rock Day Use Site
  • Briceburg Day Use and Put-in
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