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Lake Visitors Dwindling

The century mark temperatures are posing a problem to lakes.  While lake levels are dropping, so are the number of visitors.  Many people are choosing to beat the heat by staying in the comfort of an air conditioned room.

Lake Arrowhead workers say as the summer months continue attendance is dwindling.  They told Newschannel 6 when summer kicked off they had constant traffic, sometimes with a line of cars trying to get in.  Now they say they're only seeing a car or two every 20 minutes.

It's the time of year when the boat dock would be filled with boats and people looking for some fun in the sun, instead it's empty, along with the fishing ramps and camping sites.

Camp visitors we spoke with are just a few who have chosen to enjoy the summer, outside in the triple digit weather.

"We've been stuck in the house for so long that we decided to jump on the boat and go swimming," said Vanessa Gill.

"I was at the house cutting grass and I thought we would come and enjoy the day out at the lake," said James and Tabitha Cagle.

Lake Arrowhead workers says the decrease in lake traffic is putting a dent in their revenue.  Weekly boater Mika Smith has her own reasoning.

"Probably the low lake levels and the heat, it's pretty bad," she said.  "Usually this parking lot is full completely full, you could barely ever find a parking spot out here."

Lately it's been nearly empty.

We also checked in at Lake Wichita and Diversion.  Lake Wichita is seeing a decrease in traffic; however, Lake Diversion says there hasn't been much of a change.    

Water restrictions are issued when both Lake Kickapoo and Arrowhead levels reach 60 percent.  Right now they are at 63.5.  The city will be asked to voluntarily conserve water when levels hit below 60 percent.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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