Latest Lakes News

NH man dies when snowmobile breaks through ice on Maine lake

Jan. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EST

ROCKWOOD, Maine (AP) — A 56-year-old New Hampshire man died when his snowmobile broke through the ice Sunday evening on Moosehead Lake, game wardens said. Steven Allard, of South Hampton, New Hampshire, was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water about an hour and 15 minutes after he crashed through...

Lake McConaughy restrictions delayed after public outcry

Jan. 19, 2020 6:25 PM EST

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is delaying action on a set of restrictions that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. Commission Director Jim Douglas said Saturday the commission is going...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 photo, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released about 20 bighorn sheep into the Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada, in an effort to revive the sheep population in the area. The sheep are believed to be the first of their species in the area in nearly 100 years. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Bighorn sheep return to Nevada lake after nearly 100 years

Jan. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EST

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. One...

Porcupine Mountains park wants artists for cabin residencies

Jan. 19, 2020 9:59 AM EST

ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s largest state park is offering artists a chance to spend at least two weeks creating art in a remote cabin in the Upper Peninsula as part of its artist-in-residence program. The long-running Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park aims to immerse writers,...

Indiana mulls law aiming to limit Lake Michigan beach access

Jan. 19, 2020 9:40 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would undo a landmark Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that the shoreline of Lake Michigan is unquestionably owned by the state and held in trust for use by all residents. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Doug Miller,...

Utah public comment period closes for Lake Powell Pipeline

Jan. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties, program officials said. The proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) road is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion, The Spectrum reported....

Lake McConaughy patrons oppose changes to limit visitors

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — Hundreds of people showed up for a meeting at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center in Ogallala to protest proposed changes that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at the lake. The proposal discussed at Thursday's meeting came from the Nebraska Game and Parks...

A car speeds past the additional drainage pumps on the Oktibbeha County Lake dam near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials are hoping the additional drainage will limit the heavy pressure the rain-swollen lake is placing on the dam. County officials believe a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and several highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New sinkhole found at endangered Mississippi dam

Jan. 17, 2020 4:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An inspection found a new sinkhole at a Mississippi lake where an earthen dam could fail because of high water levels linked to heavy rains, officials said Friday. The sinkhole was discovered at Oktibbeha County Lake on Thursday after county supervisors approved a plan to drain the...

Indiana agency denies emergency request over beach erosion

Jan. 17, 2020 3:03 PM EST

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state agency declined to declare an emergency at Lake Michigan beaches eroded by high water levels and a series of storms, saying there isn’t enough damage to public resources to warrant the use of federal disaster funds. The Indiana Department of Homeland...

State offices close as heavy snow, 116 mph wind slams Sierra

Jan. 16, 2020 9:11 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sierra storm packing heavy snow and winds gusting up to 116 mph (186 kph) prompted an avalanche warning Thursday in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, halted interstate traffic and closed schools and state offices in Nevada. Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the early closure of state government...