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Panguitch Lake closed due to harmful algae bloom

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GARFIELD COUNTY (News4Utah)- Health officials have closed Panguitch Lake due to a harmful algae bloom.

The Southwestern Utah Health Department says samples from the lake collected on Sept. 12th show extremely high toxin levels of cyanobacteria.

Panguitch Lake is located approximately 18 miles southwest of the city of Panguitch and sits at an elevation of 8,812 feet in the Dixie National Forest. The lake is a popular camping and water recreation destination.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) contacted livestock operators in the area and recommended they prevent their cattle from drinking water from the reservoir and downstream sources. UDAF advises producers to find alternative water sources until conditions improve.

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