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Aug 1 16

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Levels of Microcystin at Lake Needwood and Lake Frank; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in both lakes. Microcystin, a hepatotoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets if ingested. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Park visitors are encouraged to avoid direct contact with water while boating or fishing
  • Notice that swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or be in contact with the water
  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, or smoking if someone comes in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

 

Recreational activities including boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

Signs have been posted around Lake Needwood and Lake Frank indicating that elevated levels of microcystin have been found, and to urge visitors to take precautions. Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. Montgomery Parks will continue to monitor the lakes and update signs when the warning is lifted.

 

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

 

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Aug 13 15

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Microcystin Levels at Lake Needwood and Lake Frank; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Abbigail Irelan
Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in both lakes. Microcystin, a hepatotoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets if ingested. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Park visitors are encouraged to avoid direct contact with water while boating or fishing
  • Notice that swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or be in contact with the water
  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, or smoking if someone comes in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

 

Recreational activities including boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

“Signs have been posted around Lake Needwood and Lake Frank and along trails that access the lakes to ensure visitors are aware that elevated levels of microcystin have been found, and to urge visitors to take precautions to avoid  themselves or their pets ingesting microsystin,” Said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

 

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

For a fact sheet regarding Microcystin, click here.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

 

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Mar 13 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening Lakes Until End of March

by Melissa Chotiner

Both lakes will remain closed until March 28 when conditions will be reassessed.

Ice on Little Seneca Lake March 2015

Ice is 4 inches deep on Little Seneca Lake.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is delaying the opening of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park for the second time this season, until March 28th at the soonest. Both lakes typically open on March 1st for recreational boating, fishing and other uses, however due to unusually harsh winter weather the lakes remain frozen.

Boating:
Once lakes open for the season, boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes from 6 a.m. until official sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.


*PLEASE NOTE:
 All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or Lake NeedwoodBoats.com.


Fishing:
Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted once the lakes open for the season. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.


About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Feb 26 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake for Boating and Fishing

by Melissa Chotiner

Both lakes are planned to open on March 14th instead of March 1st due to inclement weather.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will open Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park on March 14th for recreational boating, fishing and other uses. The original planned opening date of March 1st is delayed due to inclement weather conditions.

 

Boating:
Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting March 14 from 6 a.m. until official sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.


*PLEASE NOTE:
 All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or Lake NeedwoodBoats.com.

 

Fishing:
Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning on March 14. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Jul 22 14

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Microcystin Levels at Lake Needwood; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. Microcystin, hepatoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or go in the water
  • Swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

Boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and urge visitors to please pay attention to these precautions to avoid any harm from microcystin,” said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of the lake may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Mar 13 14

Montgomery Parks Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake Will Open March 15 for Boating and Fishing.

by Melissa Chotiner

needwood lake0005

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will open Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park this weekend, March 15 for recreational boating, fishing and other uses.

Boating:

Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting this weekend from 6 a.m. until sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramp or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at  both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.
*PLEASE NOTE: All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or LakeNeedwoodBoats.com.

 

Fishing:

Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning this weekend. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect as well. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Feb 28 14

Montgomery Parks Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake Remain Closed Due to Inclement Weather Conditions

by Melissa Chotiner

—Park visitors are urged to stay off lakes; and parents urged to remind children of hazards of playing on frozen bodies of water.—

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is delaying the opening of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park due to icy conditions caused by ongoing cold weather. Both lakes will remain closed for recreational boating, fishing and other uses until further notice. Park visitors are reminded that walking on or near ice over bodies of water is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, and is not permitted in any Montgomery County Park.

 

“We have noticed several incidents of people attempting to use Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake despite the fact that both water supplies are still all or partially frozen,” said Chief Antonio DeVaul for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. “Accessing frozen lakes, ponds and other bodies of water is extremely dangerous, even if they appear solid enough to support a person’s weight. Ice that appears thick in one location may be thin or non-existent just a short distance away.”

 

Montgomery Parks urges parents to keep children away from frozen ponds and lakes and remind them of the serious hazards associated with playing on or walking on icy bodies of water. In the event a person falls through the ice, bystanders should call 911 immediately, and refrain from trying to rescue the person by going onto the ice.

 

Montgomery Parks anticipates that both lakes will open on or after March 15, but a final opening date will be determined once ice has cleared from both lakes. The opening dates will be updated MontgomeryParks.org.

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Aug 24 13

Update: Elevated Levels of Microcystin Detected in Lake Frank

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Parks asks visitors to use caution and urges pet owners to keep dogs out of the lake.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has learned today that elevated levels of microcystin have been detected in Lake Frank, in addition to Lake Needwood, which was determined in late July. The department is urging residents to use caution when recreating on or near both lakes which are located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Microcystin is a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and if ingested can cause serious harm to the liver of humans and pets. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or go in the water
  • Swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

 

Boating and fishing will remain open at Lake Needwood.

 

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and will do the same near Lake Frank to alert visitors of these important precautions,” said Jai Cole, Principal Natural Resource Specialist for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

 

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jul 24 13

Montgomery Parks Asks Visitors to Use Caution at Lake Needwood Due to Elevated Microcystin Levels

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of Microcystin a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. If ingested, the algae can cause serious harm to the liver of humans and pets. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or go in the water
  • Swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

Boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and urge visitors to please pay attention to these precautions to avoid any harm from microcystin,” said Jai Cole, Principal Natural Resource Specialist for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of the lake may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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