Residents seeking Memorial Day weekend fun reminded to stay safe

EL DORADO, Kansas — A tradition for many Kansas families on Memorial Day weekend is to enjoy the great outdoors. But officials are hoping residents stay safe while having fun.

At El Dorado State Park in Butler County, many folks Sunday were enjoying a boat ride or a dip in the lake.

“We’re down to about 3 foot 4 inches on the lake level so still you need to stay a ways from the points and be aware of the trees and the stumps out there too,” Randy Just, an administrator at El Dorado State Park, said. ” Those are the big things and also, courtesy to your neighbor never hurts.”

Just noted a decline in boaters at the park due to the windy conditions and cooler temperatures Sunday, but those that set sail braved the elements.

“I’m not worried about [the weather],” said Quentin Christeansen. “It’s going to get sunny, little bit of clouds out here, but it doesn’t stop the fun.”

“I wish it was a little bit deeper, water’s pretty low right now, some trees you gotta watch out for, but other than that it’s pretty good,” Ryan Claycame added.

The park instead got an increased amount of campers, enjoying a day of grilling, swimming and other activities.

“It’s kind of windy, and we were probably not going to come but we had everything ready so we’re here now,” Alfonso Avalos said.

Even with fewer visitors this year, park officials are happy people still had a good safe time.

“The good thing is we haven’t had anyone get hurt, and I would certainly rather see a safe weekend rather than ‘Oh yeah, we made a lot of money but we had a lot of people hurt,’” Just said.

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