Warning Advisory: Water is unsafe for humans and animals due to harmful algae blooms. Avoid all contact with the water. Do not let pets eat dried algae or contaminated water. If fish are caught, clean well with potable water and only eat the fillet portion.
To report a health incident related to cyanobacteria, call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317.
South Lake Park is a 14-acre community park with plenty of space for outdoor activities, including fishing, a playground, a loop-trail and areas to relax in the shade.
7601 W. 86th St.
Overland Park, Kansas 66212
5 a.m.-10 p.m.
In 2018, Overland Park installed its first floating wetland project to improve the water quality of South Lake and eliminate harmful algal blooms. In 2023, the City installed 10 new floating wetlands on South Lake.
Floating wetlands are buoyant structures that allow natural wetland plants to grow on the lake surface. Constructed from recycled plastic water bottles, each 100-square-foot floating wetland at South Lake holds 100 native plants, adding 1,000 native plants across the lake.
During the hot summer months, harmful algae blooms can grow on the surface of the lake, making fishing and exposure to the water dangerous. As the roots of the wetland plants grow, they pull algae-causing fertilizers out of the water, reducing the number and severity of harmful algae blooms at the lake.
In addition to their water-cleansing benefits, floating wetlands also provide food and shelter for a variety of insects, birds and fish.
The outdoor courts are first-come-first-serve. There is no fee to use them.
To find more outdoor courts, see a list of all parks with basketball courts.
Restrooms at this part are open year-round.