Hitting the Waters this Holiday

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Many people were hitting the water this morning at Barren River Lake, getting ready for Wednesday night's big fireworks show.
WBKO's Tamara Evans took to the waters to find out how boaters were spending the day leading up to the big event.

"4th of July! My parents rented a boat to come down and watch the fireworks," boater, Tim Wilson said.

For many people the Fourth of July just wouldn't be the same without the fireworks and the lake.

"Enjoy being off today. Very much so. We're gonna meet some friends over and we plan on staying all day and staying for the fireworks tonight," boater, Danny Andrews said.

Although Barren River Lake is still seven feet below summer pool...

"The lake isn't holding up to 10,200 acres now. It's probably running around 9200 acres, so that kind of congests everybody into one spot," said Wayne Shelton, with the the Barren River Lake State Resort.

It doesn't stop boaters from hitting the water this holiday.

"We still have alot of people here," Shelton said.

While the morning started off a little slow at Barren River Lake on the Fourth of July...

"It seems like maybe because the Wednesday, it being a Wednesday holiday, it's probably a little slower today than normal," Shelton said.

By nightfall, it will be a different scene.

"It's expected to be pretty packed tonight for the fireworks," Wilson said.

If you're going to be out on the water, make sure to use standard safety precautions, especially if you're going to be shooting off fireworks from your boat.

"We'll have a few people that will shoot them off their houseboats and stuff like that. Then people around the lake that have the lakehomes will shoot some off," Shelton said.

Shelton offers this advice...

"If you have children shooting fireworks off, we ask the adults to be with them. Make sure to read all the instructions before you fire them off, make sure you're in a good safe place, and here luckily we've had some rain so you shouldn't have a fire hazard," Shelton said.

And of course, if you plan on celebrating the holiday on the lake you should be especially safe out on the water.

"Watch your drinking, we know they're gonna drink some, so watch your drinking, be safe, and watch the other boaters," Shelton said.

If you're going boating this evening you should be aware Barren River Lake will have extra patrol out on the water.

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