Boaters at Barren River Lake celebrate 4th of July

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LUCAS, Ky. (WBKO) -- Monday morning welcomed boaters at Barren River Lake with sunshine and humid air as people suited up with life jackets, double-checked their boats, and took off from the marina.

"Compared to last year, it's been a little down. I think a lot of that has to do with the weather on Saturday, they were calling for rain and I think that scared some folks off," says Dan Taylor, a Park Ranger at Barren River Lake with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Saturday's weather may have impacted crowd turnout, but the closer we get to the 4th of July, the more and more people keep showing up at the lake.

"Yesterday was quite busy," says Shannon Dages, who was out riding around on the lake. "Today as I looked, as we came up, it wasn't as busy, but yesterday, there was quite a few [boats] out there."

"It was crowded yesterday. Not so crowded today yet-- probably be crowded tomorrow if it doesn't rain," says Alan Flener, from Glasgow.

"Actually I like it when the clouds can keep the sun in sometimes," adds Larry Luvisi, from Bardstown.

As crowds grow for the holiday, so do the numbers of park rangers on duty.

"We're all on staff on the 4th of July weekends, so that was starting on Friday night. We had two rangers working the night, two rangers working the day. We are in and out of the campgrounds, making sure everyone is safe, making sure everyone is following our rules and regulations, and then we are also out on the water enforcing state and coastguard boating laws," Taylor tells 13 News.

13 News took a ride with Ranger Taylor on the Lake, taking in the day before the afternoon rain, and we weren't the only people enjoying the weather.

"[We come to the Lake] Every 4th. Just about every holiday, but I've been coming since I was 12," adds Luvisi and his wife, Mary.

"We spend every year down here," says Dages. Despite having to travel from her home in Louisville, she says, it's actually "Every weekend and every year."

"We're out here a lot during the Summer, most weekends," says Flener.

The grand finale to the long weekend is a firework show Tuesday night on the water.

"We're going to be going out on the houseboat, pulling over here, and watching the fireworks go off with about three or four other families," says Mary Luvisi.

"We're already parked, the houseboats are in a good spot to view them, so we're ready to go," Alan and Gaye Flener add.

Fireworks begin after dark on Tuesday.

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