MEMORIAL DAY: Weekend On The Water

After a dry summer, and questionable fall, water levels have finally returned to normal at Saylorville Lake and Big Creek.

“The water is real good at Saylorville,” said Marvin Morris with the US Army Corps of Engineers, “We’re back to our normal conservation pool. Of course we were down several feet last fall, and we were kind of wondering what that mean for spring, but it’s normal right now.”

For the first Memorial Day Weekend in about three years, all of Saylorville’s and Big Creek’s boat ramps are open.

The US Army Corps of Engineers said that means it could be a very busy Memorial Day weekend. Even a forecast of wind and rain might not be able to keep people off the water and out of the campsites. As of Friday afternoon, all of Saylorville’s campsites were full.

“It’s gets very busy. Relaxing for us is sitting here watching the kids play on the playground, maybe go for a walk, walk the dog, ride some bikes, just disconnect from the busy everyday stuff we deal with in life,” said Todd Gammon , who is spending the weekend camping with his family.

“Even though it’s going to rain, we have rain in the forecast; we are still going to have a beautiful weekend. People are going to be out regardless,” said Karen Steward who has spent the last 4 Memorial Days with her family on Big Lake.

The US Army Corps of Engineers warns about the weekend forecast, however: they said wind especially can cause unexpected dangers on the water. Therefor authorities remind everyone to wear life jackets, not just have them handy.

“One of the major problems is people that drown often don’t expect to be in the water. Often the boat hits something or turns quick or that sort of thing and they end up in the water and all it takes is a few moments and they end up drown,” said Morris.

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