Recreation Health Alerts

Recreation Health Alerts

Effective Thursday, September 13, 2018, Iron Horse Trail Lake remains on health alert due to continued high levels of toxic, blue-green algae. It will remain on health alert through the end of September (weekly testing concludes for this season at the end of September). Restrictions are placed on body contact with the water which includes swimming or wading. Signs are posted at the park warning visitors of the dangers, which are typically skin irritations or stomach/intestinal disorders if the water is ingested. Children and pets are particularly at risk and should be kept out of the water until tests prove the levels have dropped below the 20 ppm limit considered as the threshhold for safety. Use common sense and avoid any water that appears to have a pea green paint like scum on the surface and may or may not exhibit a strong, disagreeable odor. Results for lakes tested throughout the state are available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's website: www.deq.ne.gov.

Effective Thursday, September 13, Kirkman's Cove is under health alert due to high toxic algae readings this week. Therefore, it will remain on Health Alert through the end of September (weekly testing for this season concludes at the end of September). 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.