Blue-Green Algae Still A Problem At Some Oklahoma Lakes

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 1:21 pm
By: News 9

LaShauna Sewell,

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some beaches are still closed at lakes across Oklahoma because of harmful blue-green algae.

The algae produces toxins harmful to humans and livestock.  The intense heat across the state has helped it flourish in warm, stagnant waters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has updated the blue-green algae information for Oklahoma lakes.  Swimming and other activities are prohibited at:

  • Porum Landing swim beach at Eufaula Lake
  • Twin Points swim beach at Skiatook Lake
  • Cedar Creek Cove and Old Mannford/Old Highway 51 areas of Keystone Lake
  • Taylor Ferry swim beach at Fort Gibson Lake

Advisories have also been issued for all areas at Fort Gibson, Eufaula, Keystone, Tenkiller, and Skiatook lakes. 

See complete list of blue-green algae advisories for Oklahoma lakes

Exposure to blue-green algae can cause nausea, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, muscle weakness, pneumonia and paralysis.