Lake Perry expects a great weekend, despite the weather

TOPEKA (KSNT) – It’s called the unofficial summer kickoff, but it doesn’t feel like that this weekend.

Lake Perry officials said it had been a while since water levels had been this good for Memorial Day weekend, so people are coming to enjoy it all even with the colder weather.

“I like going out earlier this summer because there are no boats there,” said Logan Dinges.

Dinges, from Lawrence, finished his school year on Thursday. He and his family are already getting into the summer vibe, trying to beat the Memorial Day crowds, putting their boat on Friday afternoon. Dinges and his brother have wetsuits to keep warm while they wake up in a board and tube.

“I think it’s a lot of fun doing all water sports,” said Dinges.

But recent rains have worried lake officials that going out on the lake might not be an option.

“It was just raining hard, heavy, heavy, and it was like, I’m just laying in my bed, oh my god we’re probably going to be inundated,” said Michelle Campbell, director of Perry State Park.

While it varies among lakes in the state, Perry is right about where Campbell would like it to be.

“This is the first time in maybe five years that we haven’t been inundated at the Perry State Park boat ramps, it’s been so long,” she said.

When it comes to camping, the national park is at full capacity for its utility sites for campers. Officials therefore expect the next busy days.

“It’s going to start out to be a good weekend, it’s going to be a little chilly, different from the previous years because we’re talking about highs in the 60s, and the nights are going to be in the 40s, so people are going to snuggle up. around their campfires. I urge people to bring lots of firewood, ”Campbell said. “I think they are going to take advantage of it, they are going to have a great weekend.”

At Lake Perry, tent camping is on a first come, first served basis, but if you are in a motorhome and cannot make it to the lake this weekend because places are full, managers recommend that you reserve a place for a few weeks. in advance if it is not a public holiday.

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