The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued public health warnings for some Kansas lakes for the upcoming weekend and week.
If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a public health advisory:
- Warning: Atchison Co. Park Lake, Atchison County
- Warning: Atwood Township Lake, Rawlins County
- Warning: Carbondale West Lake, Osage County
- Warning: Central Park Lake (Pond), Shawnee County
- Warning: Frazier Lake, Grant County
- Warning: Lake Afton, Sedgwick County
- Warning: Lake Scott State Park, Scott County
- Warning: Lake Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County
- Warning: Lakewood Park Lake, Saline County
- Warning: Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area, Linn County
- Warning: Melvern Outlet Pond, Osage County
- Warning: Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County Closure – Visitors can utilize Coeur d’ Alene Park Swim Beach which sets on the main body of the lake, located west of the U.S. Army Corps. Of Engineers Project Office.
- Warning: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
- Warning: South Lake Park, Johnson County
- Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County – Beach is closed. Webster State Park remains open. Drinking water and bath house facilities are not affected by the algae bloom.
- Watch: Cottonwood River, south of Emporia
- Watch: Hodgeman County SFL, Hodgeman County
- Watch: Mary’s Lake, Douglas County
- Watch: Melvern Lake, Osage County
- Watch: Pomona Lake, Osage County – Beach is closed.
- Watch: Rock Garden Pond, Gage Park, Shawnee County
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
- Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
- Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
- Water contact should be avoided.
- Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
- Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
- If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
- Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.
For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please click here.