Klamath Falls, Ore. – Moore Park in Klamath Falls got a little bigger over the weekend, after a ‘floating island’ drifted across Upper Klamath Lake.
NBC5 captured video of the drifting land Sunday afternoon at the south end of the lake.
The ‘Island’ is estimated at more than 70 feet long, and 30 feet wide.
It eventually came to rest near the Moore Park Marina.
Klamath Falls Parks Manager John Bellon says the city has already taken steps to reduce shoreline erosion in that area.
“And it looks like we’ve just taken a big piece of that problem away.” Bellon noted.
It’s unclear just where the ‘Island’ came from.
“I don’t have any ideas where this, I guess, piece of floating vegetation came from.” Wondered Bellon. “Or, what will happen to it in the future – that may be up to state and federal regulators.”
The property is still waiting for a name, though Bellon had a suggestion: “We might as well call it ‘Moore Island’ at this point.”
The island may not be done travelling yet, as the property could drift back into the lake under a south wind.
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.