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Posted on: July 21, 2022

KDHE lifts blue green algae watch from Lake Shawnee; canoes, kayaks added to rentals

Paddle boat and kayak

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has informed Shawnee County Parks + Recreation that it has lifted the blue green algae watch from Lake Shawnee. As a result, canoes and kayaks have been added to the available rentals at the Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove. Paddle boats and water trikes had been available for rental since the lake was moved from a blue green algae warning to a blue green algae watch. 

As a safety precaution, paddle boards will still not be available for rental. SCP+R does not plan to open the Adventure Cove for swimming or for use of the floating playground. 


Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.

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