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  • Melvern Lake announces new reservation policy for Arrow Rock Campground

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake has announced a new reservation policy for the Arrow Rock Campground beginning May 1, 2020. Currently, all campsites in Arrow Rock Campground are 100% reserveable. The new policy will result in several changes for campers at this Corps of Engineers managed park at Melvern Lake.
  • Hazardous algae bloom present at Outlet Park River Pond and Swim Beach at Melvern Lake

    The U.S Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a hazardous algae bloom at the Outlet Park River Pond and Outlet Park Swim Beach downstream of Melvern Lake. Kansas Department of Environment and Health has confirmed that cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae with low levels of the toxin microcystin, have been identified in the two ponds below Melvern Dam.
  • Outlet Park Beach reopened at Melvern Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake announce the reopening of Outlet Park Beach due to testing which cleared the body of water from elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The beach has reopened as E. coli measurements have returned to safe levels. The beach is open as of July 2, 2019.
  • Outlet Park Beach closed at Melvern Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake announce the immediate closure of Outlet Park Beach due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, which could cause health risks. The beach will be closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as E. coli have returned to safe levels. Corps officials will have the water at the beach tested again Sunday, June 30, 2019, to determine whether the beach can be opened for the holiday weekend.
  • Corps of Engineers update on Osage River Basin reservoir operations

    Conditions in the Osage and Missouri River Basins continue to present challenges for releasing water from the three Kansas reservoirs and three Missouri reservoirs, in the Osage River Basin, which are holding high water levels behind their dams: Pomona, Melvern and Hillsdale lakes in Kansas; Stockton, Pomme de Terre and Truman lakes in Missouri.
  • Corps to close Outlet Park at Melvern Lake

    Melvern, Kan. —  Melvern Lake elevations have continued to rise this spring due to wet conditions across the Kansas and Missouri River basins.  Currently the Melvern Lake flood pool is 78 percent occupied leaving minimal space to store additional flood waters. Projected rainfall over the next 24 hours could be significant. Due to the lake level being within 3 feet of the uncontrolled spillway, Outlet Park is being closed at 10:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to prevent elevated risk to life and safety. All occupants are asked to exit the area effective 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019.
  • Army Corps to hold public meeting on high water levels at Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake

    Due to above average water levels being held in Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake, the Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting at Lyndon High School auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019.
  • Coeur D’ Alene Park swim beach closed at Melvern Lake

    MELVERN, Kan.— The U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake announce the Coeur D’ Alene Park swim beach is closed after receiving positive test results for blue-green algae this week.
  • Public Health Warning for Melvern Lake Outlet Park Campground and Swim Beach

    The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announce the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Park Campground (River Pond) and Outlet Park swim beach downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests have confirmed the presence of the algae. The most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin but levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Swimming is not allowed at the Outlet Swim Beach and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged. Visitors can utilize Coeur d'Alene Park Swim Beach on the main body of the lake, located west of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office.
  • Beach closure and public health warning for Outlet Ponds at Melvern Lake

    MELVERN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announce the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at theOutlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond downstream of Melvern Lake. These ponds are currently under a warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from August 3 testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As a result the swim beach at Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond is closed until further notice. All other facilities in Outlet Park and Melvern Lake remain open.