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VIDEO: Oregon urges boaters to use reservoirs

A dry season in Oregon has led to low water levels in lakes and streams, so officials are telling boaters to head to area reservoirs.

A dry season in Oregon has led to low water levels in lakes and streams, so officials are telling boaters to head to area reservoirs, which are deep enough to accommodate them.

Dave Stockdale, of Lane County Parks in the Eugene area, told TV station KVAL he’s seen a big increase in the number of people heading to area reservoirs and lakes.

“Our boat trailer parking, which is kind of your empirical view of it, is pretty much booked every weekend and most weekdays this time of year,” Stockdale said.

Strangely enough, he said, the surge in popularity is because of the lack of rain and snow in places such as Lowell and Detroit lakes.

“There’s a lot of folks around them; they still have boats. They still have time off and vacation. They want to head for the water,” he said.

Fern Ridge Reservoir has about 370 feet of water. That’s 6 inches lower than it was last July, but boaters and kayakers still have plenty of water to enjoy. However, officials said this might be a shorter boating season than usual.

Dorena reservoir is doing a little better. The water level is 9 inches higher than it was in July of last year, but a shorter boating season is still a reality for both reservoirs.

“I would certainly say we’re going to have water available for boaters and for swimmers through Labor Day. After that time, it’s probably going to be a pretty short season after that. We’re probably not going to make it to October 1st, like usual,” Stockdale said.

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