You can forget ice fishing and ice skating this winter at Zorinsky Lake. A multi-agency team announced Monday that the lake remains unsafe, despite hopes to have it re-open by now.
The discovery of zebra mussels forced the lake to close in the fall of 2010. The water was drained so that the zebra mussels that were present would die off. On July 12 of this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began allowing the lake to fill up naturally.
However the lake is still low, so the decision was made to keep it closed through the winter months. Signs warning the public will remain posted. The playground and trails will remain open to the public.
Zorinsky Lake is owned by the Corps of Engineers and leased to the city of Omaha. Last May, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Invasive Species Project began weekly analysis of the lake.