Recreation Health Alerts

Recreation Health Alerts

Effective Friday, July 6, Kirkman's Cove is under health alert until further notice due to high toxic algae readings this week. Therefore, it will remain on Health Alert until at least July 20. (The lake must stay on alert until two consecutive readings are returned below the limit.) Visitors are urged to exercise caution since levels of toxins can change quickly. Tests are only one method of precaution, so you should always be alert to changing water conditions. Children and pets are especially at risk for skin irritations and abdominal illness. Signs are posted at the lake with additional information, or click here for more details about toxic algae.

All other activities at the park are still available: fishing, boating, camping, picnicking. If you are fishing, avoid eating any of the intestines or organs; or better yet, try catch & release for awhile. Check back here or follow us on Facebook for further updates.

Effective immediately the trail is closed from Peru to Brownville (all the way to the Cooper Nuclear Station) due to flooding from the Missouri River. Please use caution and avoid any areas covered with water. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation. If you have questions, please contact our office (402-335-3325). For further updates check back here or follow us on Facebook.

Wirth Brothers Lake tested high for e-coli bacteria this week - the sample was taken July 2. Though this does not trigger the same health alert as toxic algae, lake users are cautioned to avoid ingesting the water. Typically exposure may lead to flu-like symptoms. Click here for more information about the health effects of this bacteria.