Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers

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Visiting beaches, lakes, and rivers is a good way to stay physically active and keep your mind and body healthy. However, it is important to learn and follow CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 when visiting these and other outdoor recreational areas. CDC has also developed steps beach managers can take to help protect their staff and beach visitors, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Millions of people across the United States swim, play, wade, and relax in oceans, lakes, rivers, and other natural bodies of water each year. Learn about the steps you can take to stay healthy when you visit natural bodies of water and find out more information about the quality of the water before you go.

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Visiting Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers
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Learn how to protect yourself and your family when swimming in oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Water Quality Information
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Get information about water quality in your state.

Page last reviewed: June 26, 2020