Lake partially open to activities; blue-green algae bloom subsided
MEADE — On Sept. 10, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Mike Hayden rescinded previous orders restricting water use at Meade State Fishing Lake. Fishing is now allowed at the lake. Swimming is still prohibited until further notice.

In July, KDWP officials recognized the increasing blue-green algae blooms and voluntarily closed the lake. A few days later, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health advisory after confirming a toxic blue-green algae bloom in the lake, which led to the order banning lake use. Concentrations of algae in the reservoir had exceeded the World Health Organization recommended safe levels for recreational water use.

For more information, phone the state park office at (620) 227-8609.