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  • Lake Life: Preparing for Labor Day Weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lake Life: it’s catchphrase, a lifestyle, a motto and (like so many things) even a hashtag. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District operates 18 lakes across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska and we like to think of ourselves as “Lake Life Coaches”. As the summer comes to an unofficial close this Labor Day weekend, we want to offer water safety tips and Lake Life advice to live by.
  • Corps to start rock overlay at Tuttle Creek Dam in September, will close access near dam

    Work is expected to begin on or about September 7, 2021 and will require closure of public access, including the east and west dam parking lots and the entire upstream face of the dam. These closures include all pedestrian and bank fishing.  The project will span several months, with no anticipated road closures and this initial phase is expected to be complete in early 2022.
  • Perry Lake to host annual Special Archery Deer Hunt starting in October

    Perry, Kan. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Perry Lake announce the opening of the application process for the annual Special Archery Hunt at Longview and Rock Creek parks Oct. 1, 2021 – Dec, 31, 2021 and Slough Creek Park Oct. 16, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021. This is a specially permitted, archery-only hunting event. Hunting is not usually allowed in the park areas at Perry Lake; however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts this annual hunt in areas that are closed to public hunting to prevent overpopulation of deer.
  • Kanopolis Lake to host virtual waterfowl blind permit drawing in September

    MARQUETTE, Kan. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake announce the annual waterfowl blind permit drawing. Due to the global pandemic and safety considerations for all, this event will be a virtual application process, completely done online. The random lottery drawing will be held by Kanopolis Lake staff to determine order of site selection and permit application for 12 waterfowl blind locations. The virtual application period will run from Saturday, August 28, 2021 through Sunday, September 12, 2021. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and only one member per household are allowed in the application process. Applications can be submitted by email to Ranger Beckman at Kanopolis@usace.army.mil or mailed to Kanopolis Lake Project Office; 105 Riverside Dr; Marquette, KS 67464. 
  • Tuttle Creek Lake launches Virtual Ranger program, offers QR code activities for a safe Eagle Day experience

    MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake has launched a new Virtual Ranger program allowing visitors a safe and fun experience for multiple exploration activities around the lake. The first set of virtual activities offers Quick Response codes allowing exploring Rangers to self-navigate to prime eagle viewing and learning locations around Tuttle Creek Lake.  Quick Response codes will be posted at Tuttle Creek starting January 2nd, 2021.
  • Tuttle Creek Lake prepares for winter: Outflow increases, lake drops

    MANHATTAN, Kan. – Beginning Dec. 23, 2020 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake will increase outflows to drop lake levels in order to facilitate ongoing construction projects. This seasonal adjustment minimizes ice damage, provides additional storage capacity for spring rains and favorable habitat for fish spawning in the spring. Operations to lower the lake water level will not delay ongoing construction activities at the stilling basin (locally known as the “tubes”) nor cause excessive flow for ongoing construction downstream in the Kansas River.
  • Milford Lake warning issued for blue green algae blooms

    JUNCTION CITY, Kan.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Milford Lake, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are actively responding to harmful algal bloom concerns with site-specific sampling. 
  • Corps of Engineers urges lake visitors to watch for algae blooms

    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 public health advisory signs at lakes as recommended by state health agencies.
  • Corps of Engineers announce phased reopening of campgrounds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District is planning a phased reopening of campsites and recreation areas closed due to COVID-19, to begin immediately. The decision to reopen each recreation area is based largely on the safety of the staff and visitors. Each lake is going through a conditions-based assessment to verify all staff can return to work safely and will have the proper personal protection equipment available. In addition, they are confirming the availability of contractors and staff who help operate and maintain the recreation areas and implementing operational changes to address COVID-19 concerns in campgrounds.
  • Corps approves temporary modifications to lake water management plans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Due to ongoing challenging conditions with wet soils and higher than normal river levels across the Missouri River Basin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District is canceling plans to increase water levels in reservoirs for the spring as stated in the annual water level management plans.    This temporary modification will better position the Kansas City District's reservoirs to receive spring runoff, and manage for locally heavy rainfall following record lake levels across the district last year. Nine of 18 district reservoirs reached record pools in 2019. Flood control operations at Kansas City District Reservoirs and Bureau of Reclamation lakes prevented $131 million in damages in Kansas and $2.27 billion in damages in Missouri during the 2019 flood event. Life safety and flood control are primary factors in reservoir operations throughout the Missouri River Basin.