The Woodward News

Local News

August 28, 2012

Large crowds expected at lakes

Woodward, Okla. — Both Canton Lake and Fort Supply lakes are expecting to be filled to capacity with campers over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Tim Coffey said that they have about 10 non-electric sites left at Canton Lake and several non-reservable sites that should be filled over the holiday weekend.

Don Underwood said that all of the electric and group sites have been taken at Fort Supply and there are about 17 non-electric sites that were still available as of Monday, but he sees them filling up fast.

"People will want some place to camp for the weekend," Underwood said.

Underwood and Coffey are telling all boaters to use caution while on the water this weekend due to the low water levels.

"Even with the 4 1/2 inches of rain we had this weekend here at Canton lake, we are still 8 feet below normal," Coffey said.

A report for Fort Supply Lake shows the water level to be about 2 feet below normal.

"There are no restrictions on the lake," Underwood said, "but we just encourage people to use common sense while out on the water."

Underwood says that on Fort Supply Lake there are spots that could be too shallow to take your boat or personal water crafts, such as jet skis, so they are asking everyone to just check out the area before they get hurt or hurt someone else.

As another safety precaution, Coffey encouraged boaters to have life jackets for everyone on board and that children 12 and under wear the lifejackets at all times while on the water.

Underwood also reminded campers that the statewide burn is still in effect so no campfires will be allowed.

"The smallest of flames can cause the biggest fire," he said.

For more information on camping at these local lakes, contact Canton Lake at (580) 886-2989 and Fort Supply Lake at (580) 766-2701.

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