COLORADO CITY, Texas – According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWD, lake access to Colorado Lake City State Park is closed until further notice due to a suspected bloom of blue-green algae in the lake. The lake will be closed to boating, swimming and fishing. The park is always open for all other activities.
TPWD biologists and water quality officials say the shutdown is due to over-caution.
“While walking around the park, staff found algae on the surface of the lake in the park’s day use area. Visitors to the park with current or future reservations or lakeside campsites have been contacted to advise them of the closure. TPWD responds to harmful algal blooms when there have been impacts on fish or wildlife, but does not perform regular water quality testing or monitoring of water bodies instead of any reported mortality of fish and wildlife. The ongoing water quality testing in this case will be carried out with the help of the TPWD Inland Fisheries Kills and Spills team, ”TPWD said in a statement.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), direct contact and ingestion of appreciable amounts of water and algae are associated with the greatest risk to health. More information regarding the lake’s closure and all affected reservations can be obtained by contacting the park at 325-728-3931 or the Texas State Parks Reservations Customer Service Department at 512-389-8900.