Barren River Lake Busy for the Holiday Weekend

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's Memorial Day weekend and people are hitting the road and water, but even with the water down at Barren River Lake, its beaches closed, and gas prices up, the lake was still as busy as ever for this holiday weekend.

"It's full. Real full", says Owensboro resident, Brad Snodgrass.

Brad Snodgrass and his wife were browsing the Internet on Friday and had their hearts set on visiting Barren River Lake.

"We decided to come here. We had never been here before", says Snodgrass.

The problem is the lake was so busy when they got there on Saturday nothing was left when it came to places to stay.

"We've been searching almost 2 1/2 to 3 hours and never found a place yet", says Snodgrass.

"Campgrounds are full, we have no available campsites, we've got probably I would say about 360 to 370 campsites on the lake that we operate and all those are full this weekend", says Deryck Rodgers, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Rodgers says with the nice weather and the three day weekend places to stay around the lake filled up quickly with just as many visitors as ever.

"I think we've got just as many as we did last year if not a couple more", says Rodgers.

"The weather is beautiful out here. We've had a ball", says Berea resident Pam Centers.

For Pam Centers and her husband, making the 135 mile drive from Berea for the weekend is a tradition.

"We've done it about the last 10 or 15 years I guess", says Centers.

They say it couldn't be stopped with low water and high gas prices, although the price at the pump did affect them slightly.

"We've had to kinda cut back so we could go, but it's worth it", says Centers.

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers say even though the lake is down there is still plenty of water, but they remind you, with the water being low you are urged to be careful when using the lake.

The following are some tips they suggest to stay safe when out on the lake:

Boating:
1) Stay within the marked navigational channels.
2) Obey all posted signs, markers, and navigational aids. They
are for your safety.
3) Exercise caution at all times.
4) Be on the lookout for shoals, stumps, or other navigational
hazards that may now be exposed or lying just beneath the
surface.
5) Know before you go- call the Barren River Project Office or
view web page for lake level information and boat ramp
closures.

http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/brl/

Swimming:
1) Don't swim in unfamiliar areas.
2) Never dive from the shoreline, bank, or structures.
3) Be aware of underwater hazards such as stumps, rocks, or
other objects.
4) Never swim alone.

Water Skiing & Tubing:
1) Check the area for underwater hazards prior to activity.
2) Stay within navigational channels.
3) Have a responsible spotter.

For up to date information on lake levels and projections, boat ramp closures, news releases, directions, and related links, you can visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Drought Information Web Page:
http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/brl/


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