NR 19-040: Center Hill Lake beach closed due to high E.coli levels

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Aug. 16, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces the immediate closure of Ragland Bottom Day Use Beach at Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tenn., due to E.coli detected in the water. Buzzards are suspected and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service technicians have been contacted for support.

The area is still open for picnicking and boat launching. No other beaches at Center Hill Lake are affected.

Signs have been posted and caution tape installed warning the public not to swim at this location. The day use volunteer will direct visitors to the Floating Mill Day Use Beach, an alternative swim area.

Follow-up testing of Ragland Bottom swimming area will continue until conditions return to acceptable levels. For any questions pertaining to the beach closure, please call the Center Hill Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 931-858-3125.

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Lee Roberts

Release no. 19-029