Lake Shawnee lowered to watch status for blue-green algae

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Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has lowered Lake Shawnee from blue-green algae warning status and placed it under watch status effective June 30.

According to KDHE, a watch status means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water.

Lake Shawnee was on the blue-green algae warning list for four consecutive weeks while KDHE and KDWP investigated the harmful algae bloom. Shawnee County Parks and Recreation has announced they will reopen The Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove for paddle boat rentals only beginning July 1.

The active advisories are as follows:


  • Colwich City Lake, Sedgwick County
  • Crystal Lake, Anderson County (Added on June 30)
  • Ford County Lake, Ford County
  • Garnett Lake (north), Anderson County
  • Jerry Ivey Pond, Saline County
  • Lake Scott State Park, Scott County (Added on June 30)
  • Marion Reservoir, Marion County (Elevated on June 30)
  • Milford Lake Zone C, Geary and Clay County
  • Parsons Lake, Neosho County (Added on June 30)
  • Riggs Park Lake, Sedgwick County (Added on June 30)


  • Gathering Pond, Geary County
  • Lake Shawnee, Shawnee County (Lowered on June 30)
  • Melvern Lake, Osage County (Added on June 30)
  • Milford Lake Zone B, Geary County
  • Norton Lake, Norton County (Added on June 30)
  • Pomona Lake, Osage County (Added on June 30)

For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, click here.

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