Water quality good, park open
MEADE — Despite local rumors, Lake Meade State Park, 8 miles south and 5 miles west of Meade, is open for business and all water activities. Last year, the lake was closed to all water activities from late July to mid-October due to a blue-green algae bloom. However, the park remained open to camping and other activities.
The lake no longer has a blue-green algae bloom because the algae cannot survive cold winter temperatures. However, there is a possibility that the lake could experience another bloom this summer due to its high nutrient content. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are currently exploring options to reduce nutrients in the lake.
“As we look forward to a busy season, we ask everyone to pay attention to notifications regarding the park and lake,” says park manager Matt Trujillo. “Currently, we are under a burn ban so, we are not allowing any open fires at this time. That could change whenever we receive sufficient rainfall.”
For more information, phone the park office at 620-873-2572.