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High water closes part of state park

Heavy rains in early June still have Glen Elder Lake about 10 feet above normal conservation level.Lake levels 10-feet above normal have flooded much of Glen Elder State Park.Fishing is still pretty good but it’s playing heck with the lake’s state park.

Lisa Silsby works at the state park and said some roads remain closed because they’re covered with water.

Especially hard hit are some of the primitive campground areas.

Silsby estimated about one-third of about 300 primitive campgrounds are currently closed because of high water.Several roads in Glen Elder State Park now lead into high water.Portions of several improved campgrounds are also closed because of high water or closed roads.

The popular state park still has room for lots of campers.

Fishing for crappie, white bass, wipers and walleye has been good. Water clarity is nice, too.

The lake’s level has already dropped about 1 1/2-feet.

Release rates on several swollen Kansas lakes is going slower than many would like but high levels on the Kansas and Missouri Rivers mean release rates have to be modest until there’s room for more water.Water volleyball anyone? Glen Elder Lake's high level has water about two-feet deep at the state park volleyball area.Water levels are also high at several other Kansas state park.

Linda Lanterman, state park director, said Glen Elder is the most seriously impacted.

Long periods of high water could lead to increased bank erosion at the lake, too.