Latest Lakes News

Will Smith puts his fears to the test in TV nature series

Dec. 08, 2021 13:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith rappelled into a live volcano and kayaked down an Icelandic whitewater river for his latest project. But he wasn’t making an action movie. It was personal. Smith, a Hollywood leading man who admits that he’s far from outdoorsy, has put himself in...

Gov. Cox proposes spending $50M to restore Great Salt Lake

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is proposing spending $500 million on water conservation, preservation and infrastructure as part of his $25 billion budget proposal for next year. He unveiled the plan standing near the dry, receding edge of the iconic Great Salt Lake...

Flathead forest still has two places with derogatory names

Dec. 05, 2021 16:55 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — In 1999, the Montana Legislature enacted a law, H.B. 412, requiring state agencies that own or manage public land to rename any sites or geographic locations that contain the derogatory word “squaw.” By doing so, Montana became the second...

Caloosahatchee River conditions are looking better this fall

Dec. 04, 2021 03:12 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Caloosahatchee River flows are looking good at a time when algae is absent from the entire system, and other health indicators seem promising as the region transitions into the brunt of the dry season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is...

New U.S. Forest Service supervisor at Tahoe has local roots

Dec. 02, 2021 13:26 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Forest Service veteran who got his start at Lake Tahoe working as a seasonal range technician while earning his degree at the University of Nevada, Reno has been named the new supervisor of the agency‘s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Erick...

Group developing plan to save silt-laden Iowa lake

Nov. 29, 2021 16:20 PM EST

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a plan to save a suburban Iowa City lake from rapid sedimentation that threatens to render it unusable in as few as 20 years. Jon Kounkel is president of the group,...

Indiana Dunes' Mount Baldy keeps slowly blowing inland

Nov. 29, 2021 12:44 PM EST

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A towering sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Park has kept up its inland creep, covering up an access road and threatening to bury a parking lot in the coming years. The park’s landmark Mount Baldy has largely been closed to public...

Land Between the Lakes offers free Christmas trees

Nov. 29, 2021 07:07 AM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is offering permits for free cedar Christmas trees. Permits must be obtained online and allow each family to cut one tree through Dec. 24, a statement from the National Forest Service said. Trees...

Lessons learned from the fire that almost destroyed Tahoe

Nov. 28, 2021 04:11 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick trees that dot the mountainsides. Gray...

Little North Hunt Club celebrates 100 years at Hubbard Lake

Nov. 28, 2021 01:03 AM EST

HUBBARD LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A century of stories, memories and camaraderie lies between the walls of the Little North Hunt Club lodge. Nestled nine miles back in the woods on Hubbard Lake’s north end, Little North Hunt Club is part of the Consolidated Hunting League,...