KDHE: Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake now under public warning for harmful algae bloom

Marion County Lake has joined Marion Reservoir and three other Kansas lakes that afe under a public warning regarding a harmful algal bloom.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, issued the warnbing late Thursday afternoon, June 15.

The other three other lakes are: Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Norton County; Kirwin Lake, Phillips County; and Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded.

Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.