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Archive for Sunday, September 1, 1991

CROWDS FILL AREA LAKES ON HOLIDAY WEEKEND

September 1, 1991

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Park managers at area lakes reported full but relatively quiet campgrounds so far this holiday weekend.

Jerry Schecher, park manager at Clinton Lake, said Saturday afternoon that campgrounds there were 90 percent full.

"We have a lot of people in the lake in boats, jet skis and sail boards," Schecher said.

Barring "the normal squabble over campsites," Schecher said that "everything's been pretty quiet."

Labor Day weekend finishes the fun and sun season off, he said.

Although he won't have figures until after the three-day holiday weekend is over, Dave Rhoades, Clinton park manager for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, said he believed there were more people in the park than last year.

Rhoades said campgrounds with electrical outlets were full at Clinton.

ANDE DAVENPORT, park attendant at Lake Perry, said activity there was "pretty steady but nothing outstanding." She also said campgrounds with electrical hookups were full.

"There's quite a few boaters that have come in for the day," Davenport said.

Walter Taylor, a Corp of Engineers park ranger at Perry, said about 70,000 people were taking it easy in the area.

He attributed a lot of the activity to the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education motorcycle run. ABATE is a statewide organization headquartered in Perry.

Except for a few minor traffic accidents, Taylor said "It was fairly quiet out (Friday) night." No injuries were reported at area lakes as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

BEVERLY DOWNING, park ranger at Pomona Lake, said "most of our campgrounds are full." She said two campgrounds were full and two were close to capacity.

"It's been a real good weekend," she said, adding that activity on Labor Day weekend is fairly steady through Monday.

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