Highland Lake in Bridgton Credit: WGME

Bridgton town officials say test results came back negative Wednesday for E. coli at Highland Lake Beach.

The lake has reopened for swimmers.

The public beach had been closed because a recent test showed high levels of E. coli bacteria.

It was the third beach closure in as many weeks.

Officials had found E. coli bacteria levels above the acceptable limit after testing was done Monday.

This isn’t the first closure of the summer in Bridgton.

Just last month, Woods Pond Beach was closed after norovirus sickened 97 people after they swam there.

A public beach on Pleasant Lake in Otisfield also closed in July because of E. coli bacteria.

Officials initially said swimming lessons normally held at Highland Lake Beach would be moved to Salmon Point.

Highland Lake Beach remained open for picnicking, and the boat launch also stayed open.

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