Vandalism, violence cited as reasons for ban
LA CYGNE -- For the past 30 years, La Cygne Reservoir, a Kansas City Power and Light cooling lake, and the adjacent Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) wildlife area in Linn County have provided excellent hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities. Recently, the power company and KDWP signed a new lease agreement that will provide public outdoor recreation at the lake and wildlife area for another 20 years.

One notable change in the lease is prohibition of alcoholic beverages, including 3.2 percent malt beverages, on the lake and wildlife area. Boat ramps, parking areas, campsites, and other access points are posted with signs announcing the new regulation. Safety of area visitors and protection of property have prompted the move. In recent years, vandalism, trash, unruly behavior, and fights have led to similar bans at some state fishing lakes. The same problems have occurred at La Cygne, leading to the regulation change. Hopefully, this effort will give property visitors an even more enjoyable outdoor experience.

This regulation is part of the lease agreement for the state-managed wildlife area and does not apply to Linn County Park. For more information, phone 913-352-8941.