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Opening of Thousand Hills swimming beach delayed

The beach at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville was set to open Memorial Day Weekend. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

The opening of a popular northeast Missouri swimming beach has been delayed.

The beach at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville was set to open Memorial Day Weekend.

According to park officials, the opening has been delayed to allow for the removal of curly-leaf pond weed.

That plant has leaves that are stiff and crinkled. At times, it can interfere with recreational use by producing dense mats at the water's surface.

The aquatic vegetation has been wreaking havoc on one of Kirksville's primary water sources for several months, and Kirksville staffers and park officials have been working to address the issue.

Earlier this spring, Forest Lake was temporarily closed to all activities while chemicals were added to the water to treat the plant.

This week, mechanical harvesters were deployed into the water as a second approach to manage and remove the curly-leaf pond weed.

Work began at the swimming beach and marina area.

Although work is ongoing, Kirksville officials say they anticipated the swimming beach to open for the summer over Memorial Day.

However, park officials at Thousand Hills ultimately decided to delay the opening of the beach.

At this time, a new opening date for the beach has not been announced.

Forest Lake is open to those looking to boat, kayak and fish.


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