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White Bear Lake beach to stay closed

Ramsey County has decided to close White Bear Lake beach for the summer due to the shrinking of the lake, the Star Tribune reported.

The lake has receded 50 feet from the shore and is now only a few feet away from a drop-off, the Pioneer Press reported.

The drop-off, which is a six- to eight-foot drop, could prove a hazard to beach goers. White Bear Lake has generally had a large shallow stretch, making it more child-friendly, the Pioneer Press reported.

On the busiest days, the beach has drawn up to 500 people, the county told the Pioneer Press.

No lifeguard will be employed at the lake for the summer, but the county wants to install emergency telephones, Jody Youngers, director of Ramsey County's park services and operations, told the Star Tribune.

The lake's boat ramp, playground and picnic area will remain open.