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LAKES BUSY DURING HEATED HOLIDAY

September 4, 1990

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While temperatures soared, area lakes remained busy through the Labor Day weekend.

The three-day weekend, considered by many as summer's last hurrah, brought a steady stream of visitors to both Clinton Lake and Perry Lake.

Clinton Lake, however, had a decrease in visitor hours this Labor Day weekend, according to Teresa Rasmussen, park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During this holiday weekend, 112,986 visitor hours were logged at the lake, a decrease of approximately 34 percent over last year's figures. During last year's Labor Day weekend, 172,251 visitor hours were logged, Rasmussen said.

Part of the reason might have been the record-breaking temperatures at Clinton on Saturday. Rasmussen said Saturday's 100-degree temperatures may have lured more people to the water but discouraged campers.

"The beaches have been very busy," she said. "The heat slowed down the campers, but it was still three-quarters full. That's busier than I expected it to be."

Rasmussen said there were no problems or accidents at the lake, located about five miles west of Lawrence.

"It was a great crowd," she said.

Perry Lake, located 16 miles northwest of Lawrence, was especially busy during the day, according to Dennis Archer, park manager. Although no official figures will be available until later today, he said the beach area continued to be the favorite spot of visitors wishing to keep cool.

"It's crowded and will continue to be crowded" until the temperatures drop, he said. "The beaches get a lot of use." The lake temperature is in the 80s and isn't cooling much overnight, he said.

As at Clinton, camping has slowed some at Perry because of the high temperatures, but it didn't keep all the campers away.

"For an extremely hot and dry weekend, we had a little above average (number of people) camping," Archer said.

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