Latest Lakes News

3-year-old boy recovering from attack by California cougar

Jan. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy is recovering after being attacked by a mountain lion in a California wilderness park, authorities said. The boy suffered a bite wound to the back of his neck Monday and was treated at a hospital and then released, authorities said. The boy and five other family...

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...

2 rescued from snowstorm at Cultus Lake

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

GLIDE, Ore. (AP) — Two people were rescued after becoming stranded by a snowstorm near Cultus Lake in the Umpqua National Forest. The couple was visiting the lake outside the town of Glide on Monday and decided to stay overnight when they had car trouble, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office....

Supervisor Marvell Howard inspects the slope failure as he climbs up the side of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam west of Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials said a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Jan. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in a Mississippi county approved a plan Thursday to drain a swollen lake where officials say a decades-old earthen dam could fail after days of heavy rain. The Starkville Daily News reported that Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously endorsed the proposal during a...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Officials want docks, fences removed for Seattle-area trail

Jan. 15, 2020 8:21 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials want the owners of about 150 properties along a Washington state lake to remove docks, boat lifts, decks, driveways, fences, landscaping and other amenities that stand in the way of completing a long-anticipated paved trail through the area. King County sent letters this week to...

Darkening skies surround the Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The rain-swollen lake is keeping heavy pressure on a dam that is in danger of failing, state and local officials said Wednesday. A breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities worked to lower the level of a rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi on Wednesday, hoping to avoid the failure of a dam amid forecasts of more rain. An inspection of the earthen dam in Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing...

Heavy snow causes power outage at Crater Lake National Park

Jan. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EST

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Heavy snow has temporarily cut communications with people at Crater Lake National Park. The park's website says telephone and internet service have been down since Monday and the cafe and gift shop at Rim Village are also closed. Authorities also closed the road from park headquarters...

This Dec. 22, 2019 photo shows the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy, New Zealand where several scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed. (Malcolm Foster via AP)

To experience New Zealand’s rugged beauty, go by camper van

Jan. 15, 2020 8:45 AM EST

GLENORCHY, New Zealand (AP) — We crested a hill on the winding lakeside road, and there it was: Middle-earth. Rugged, snow-capped mountains glowed in the setting sun, and dappled green pastures tumbled down to the water’s edge. White peaks soared in the distance. The Misty Mountains, perhaps? It was...

Michigan seeks extensive records about underwater oil pipes

Jan. 13, 2020 7:46 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials demanded an extensive set of records Monday from Enbridge Inc. in an investigation of the company's oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. In a letter to the Canadian company, the state Department of Natural Resources...