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Corps of Engineers provides safety tips for Independence Day weekend
7/1/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or...
Corps of Engineers urges lake visitors to watch for algae blooms
6/10/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District is actively responding to a potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms at several lakes with site-specific sampling and posting...
Dam Safety Day recognized in Kansas City District
5/29/2020
Living with dams is a shared responsibility and requires constant assessment, continuous communication and engagement with local public and emergency management agencies. The Kansas City District,...

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As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
As we implement a phased reopening of campsites and recreation areas closed due to COVID-19, a complete list of recreation area status updates can be found online at: www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Recreation-Area-Status.
Follow CDC guidelines, even when outdoors. We are not staffed to maintain/clean lake & park areas. Be cautious about touching anything. Sanitize and wash often. Practice social distancing.
To protect against the further spread of the Coronavirus all USACE-managed campgrounds have begun an orderly shutdown and will be closed indefinitely. Individuals with paid reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Do not attempt to contact Recreation.gov to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.
We are taking precautions and have closed our Visitor Center effective March 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide timely updates regarding other potential facility closures at our lakes on our websites and/or social sites.
Lake Guard Mobile Game App Available On Apple App Store and Google Play App Store Lake Guard is a highly competitive game designed to test the player’s speed, reflexes and boating safety knowledge. You are tasked with guarding a lake that has been overrun with unprepared boaters. Take control of your trusty Safety Cannon to launch the necessary safety gear to them. However, you have to keep an eye out for cans of Grog (beer). Launching a can of Grog to a visitor could prove dangerous so be sure to shoot the cans of Grog onto the dock to be recycled instead! Keep guard of your lake for as long as you can while increasingly hazardous conditions and visitors try to overrun your waters. Share your high score with friends, earn achievements and become the greatest Lake Guard in the world!
Safety is for All Seasons. Check your local weather and lake conditions before you go. Always wear the proper safety equipment and make sure it works!
Spring is here! It is time again to remember water safety.

Lakes in the Kansas City District

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