The potentially toxic blooms of blue algae that effected Nolin Lake and Rough River Lake last summer are now affecting both parks at the same level this summer.
Nolin and Rough River Lakes’ current blue algae levels warrant officials to caution visitors to take similar health precautions to those that were in effect last year.
“If you’re going to swim, don’t drink the water,” said Adam Warren, lead park ranger at Rough River.
Other precautions include bathing after swimming to prevent skin irritation, washing clothing that has come into contact with affected water, avoiding swimming in areas with scum on top of the water, and removing skin or internal organs of fish caught in affected waters before consuming.
Both parks also ask those with small children and pets to take extra precautions since they are more susceptible to the blue algae’s effects.
Despite these warnings, the parks are not seeing any visitation losses. Rough River remains booked, and Nolin Lake has seen an increase over last year’s number of camping visitors.
“A lot of people are still coming out [to] the lake,” according to a Corps of Engineers representative for Nolin Lake.