The US Army Corp of Engineers reports that blue green algae cell counts are elevated in several major area lakes. Here is a list of lakes in our area that have tested positive for the algae. While the Corp of Engineers says that the levels are below the World Health Organization threshold, caution should still be used when swimming in area lakes and rivers.
Fort Gibson Lake
Blue green algae cell counts were elevated in the Rocky Point Beach and Taylor Ferry Beach areas of Fort Gibson Lake.
Blue green algae cell counts were elevated in the Washington Irving Beach and Appalachia Bay Beach areas.
Blue-green algae cell counts were elevated in the Highway 9 North, Brooken Cove, Porum Landing, Belle Starr, Elm Point and Gentry Creek areas.
Blue green algae cell counts were elevated in the Pine Cove, Elk Creek PUA and Burnt Cabin areas.
Blue green algae cell counts were elevated in the Bull Creek Peninsula.
Visitors should not drink untreated water or let themselves or pets come in contact with areas of discolored water. Avoid swimming in polluted or algae-affected water. Check for visible signs and avoid surfaces that are questionable. If you or your pet swim in water that may have blue green algae present, rinse off with soap and fresh water. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Wear ear plugs and swim goggles when appropriate. Shower before and after swimming, and make sure to wash any cuts and scrapes with clean water and soap.