Dodging blue-green algae warnings, we went to Kanopolis Reservoir yesterday to boat, swim, and enjoy some water sports. The water was 86 degrees, the air temperature 102, and the south breeze made it nice and cool when you stayed wet. Weekend lake traffic was moderate, and there was plenty of room for all to have fun.
We waterskied, tubed, wake boarded, and swam, with any of the boat’s occupants in the water all day long. With lots of food, water, and soft drinks on board, the boat was everything we needed for a good family time. Seven people and two dogs pretty much filled up the 10-person SunTracker.
We didn’t fish, though the finder alarm signaled a rather surprising and continuous stream of fish across the whole lake. And judging by anglers lined up at the fish cleaning station near the state park boat ramp as we entered the water mid-morning, the fishing was good at daybreak.
With more than 40 days of triple-digit heat where we live this summer, a lake outing was a great way to cool off over the weekend. Most Kansans are within a couple hour drive of a reservoir. If you can find a way to get into the water and avoid the algae blooms, it’s a good way to “cool it” on a mini-vacation. Visit a state park and jump in.