Memorial Day weekend brings friends and families to Barren River Lake

BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Boats filled the water through a busy weekend on Barren River Lake as people enjoyed the sun on their three day break.

"Today's been a good day," said Wayne Shelton, manager at Narrows Marina on Barren River Lake.

"Water's a little rough, a lot of people out here, but it's a good time,"said Jim Rush, who had his pontoon on the lake this weekend.

Memorial Day weekend on the lake is a tradition like no other for many people right here in South Central Kentucky.

"We did the Maui Mat and we got paddle boards, and we all learned how to ride them, kind of, so it's been a good weekend so far," mentioned Lucy Rush, who's enjoying her weekend on the lake.

"We've had a great time with the kids out here," added Bethany Turner.

Fishing, skiing, tubing, you'll see it all at Barren River Lake on holiday weekends like these.

While other holidays like Fourth of July and Labor Day bring big crowds, there's none quite like this weekend.

Although the three day break brings waves of people to the lake, business takes a dive after Monday, with lower activity for the weekend to follow.

"It'll be kind of slow next weekend and next week, and then it'll really stay steady from then on," said Shelton.

The jam-packed weekend and steady business to follow means implementing safety procedures at Narrows Marina, and they seem to be paying off.

"No one's got hurt, that's a great thing, and I'd say it's great on all the Marinas today," Shelton mentioned about safety.

"It's a safe place," said Jim Rush, "We do a lot of fishing here, my partner and I, and everybody wears their life jackets when they're supposed to and they don't skip and you'll see a whole lot of people out here making sure they do wear them."

The message from the dock staff to lake goers this memorial day is simple -- have fun, but be smart.

"Watch for the other person on the lake, please wear your life jackets, if you do that you'll be safe and have a great time," Shelton urges.

The park staff also would like to remind boaters that they'll be unable to get fuel after business hours, which run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They say making sure your boat has fuel is key to your safety and those around you.

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