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September 6, 1994


Area lake enthusiasts had no trouble finding campsites and beach space over the Labor Day holiday.

Usage figures for recreation and camping facilities at Clinton and Perry lakes were off dramatically from other three-day holidays this year, according to rangers at the two parks.

``We really weren't real busy this weekend,'' said Jackie Hurst, a ranger at Clinton Lake.

She said about 22,000 people visited the park over the three-day weekend. That's down from 27,000 people over the Labor Day holiday last year, and from 42,000 on this year's Fourth of July weekend and 65,000 on Memorial Day weekend.

``It seems to do that -- dwindle down towards the end of the summer because people have other things to do, kids are in school,'' Hurst said.

Park officials at Perry Lake counted more than 15,000 visitors over the weekend, said Joe Lopez, a ranger there. That compares with 30,000 over the 1993 Labor Day weekend and with 42,000 over this year's July Fourth weekend.

Lopez said a rainy forecast undoubtedly hurt attendance at Perry even though the weather was cooperative for most of the weekend.

At Clinton Lake, Hurst said, high winds also may have deterred some boaters.

``A lot of people couldn't get their boats on the water,'' she said. However, lake officials are unable to provide a reading on wind gusts because their gauge is out of commission since being hit by lightning.

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