Upper Klamath Lake is busy with boaters this holiday weekend...and some of those boats are at risk of running aground due to drought conditions.
Klamath County Marine Patrol Deputy Lon Parton doesn't want boaters to get stuck...
"The water level is currently fairly low now, and it's just going to get worse with the temperatures starting to rise."
At 133 square miles in size, Upper Klamath Lake is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Oregon - but it's only 5 to 7 feet deep in most areas.
Boater Isaac Hoffman notes that there are a few specific problem areas to watch out for at the south end of the lake...
"And that's anywhere I'd say south of Bare Island."
"Actually, right out here in front of the Yacht Club there's a sand bar that catches a lot of people." Adds Corporal Daren Krag, noting there are also trouble spots at the north end of the lake. "Outside of Williamson River, and Pelican Bay out at Rocky Point."
And if you do get stuck, call 911 and the Marine Patrol will respond.
Marine Patrol deputies say they'll be out in force this weekend, with a particular focus on alcohol-related boating incidents.
They'll also be checking to make sure there are life vests, and whistles or horns on all sizes of watercraft.
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