Klamath Falls, Ore. – An ‘island’ that floated across Upper Klamath lake in early June appears to have found a home near Moore Park.
NBC5 News broadcast exclusive time-lapse video of the island drifting to Moore Park, where it remains today.
“We’re grateful to have this piece of land.” Notes Klamath Falls Parks Manager John Bellon. “Because that’s the kind of structure that we’ve been trying to create along the south shore of Upper Klamath Lake at our marinas in Moore Park in order to control erosion.”
The island is about 70 feet long, and 30 feet wide, with several trees.
Bellon says some of the mystery has been cleared up as to where the island may have come from. “I checked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who informed me that this piece of ground broke off up at Hanks Marsh – that’s the area along Highway 97 between Shady Pine and Algoma.”
That’s a trip of nearly 5 miles.
Bellon adds there were plans to secure the property to the shoreline to help prevent erosion. “However, it appears this chunk of land has nestled itself in very well, and seems to be right at home in the place it is currently.”
Here’s a link to the original story that aired June 3rd: https://kobi5.com/news/regional-news/mystery-island-floats-across-upper-klamath-lake-103334/
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.