The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced several south-central Kansas lakes hold dangerous levels of toxic blue-green algae.
Wichita’s Chisholm Creek North Lake, Harvey County East Lake and Marion Reservoir are listed at KDHE’s “warning” level, meaning any kind of contact with the water is unsafe for people, pets or livestock and should be considered prohibited.
Other Kansas lakes at warning levels include Logan City Lake in Phillips County, South Lake in Johnson County and South Lake Park in Johnson County.
Blue-green algae advisories, meaning direct contact or ingesting the water is strongly discouraged, have been issued for Milford Reservoir, Atchison County Park Lake, Brown County State Fishing Lake, Centralia Lake, Herington Reservoir, Lake Scott and Lovewell Reservoir.
Fish from lakes with blue-green algae can be safely eaten, but only the well-rinsed fillets should be cooked and consumed. For more information go to kdheks.gov/algae-illness.