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Oklahoma lakes tested for blue-green algae for Labor Day visitors

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is testing Oklahoma lakes for blue-green algae blooms. All test results are posted on a new website. And Smokey Bear is reminding campers the burn ban is still in effect statewide.
by Robert Medley Published: August 30, 2012

Low lake levels and blue-green algae could be a concern at some Oklahoma lakes for Labor Day weekend, but most lakes are clear for swimming and boating, officials said.

Meanwhile, an old forest friend is reminding campers a statewide burn ban remains in effect, Oklahoma Forestry Services reported.

Copan Lake in Washington County was under a blue-green algae alert Wednesday, with warnings to avoid contact with the water at the Post Oak Beach area, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa. Boating was allowed.

People were urged to avoid drinking the water and to keep pets out of any discolored water. Fishermen may not want to eat fish from the lake. Algae-related toxins have been found in the tissues of fish.

Nate Herring, spokesman for the corps, said people going to a state lake for Labor Day should check the water before jumping in.

“If it's green on top, stop!” Herring said.

Oklahoma lakes are tested for blue-green algae routinely by the Corps of Engineers, Herring said. Results from algae testing are posted at

Major lakes that are clear of the algae blooms are Fort Gibson, Skiatook, Lake Eufaula, Lake Tenkiller and Lake Texoma.

Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma also is clear this year, but last summer was under a blue-green algae alert.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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Holiday information

State parks will be busy during the Labor Day holiday weekend:

All cabins are booked.

Golf courses are open and available for play. Call in advance (866) 602-4653 for tee times or book online at

RV and tent campgrounds are open and available. The campgrounds with full hookups for RVs (water, electric and sewer) will fill quickly.

For the updated information on blue-green algae warnings or lake information, go to

Source: Oklahoma State Parks


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