River Boaters Move To Area Lakes

Some may have already given up on boating this year.

But there are plenty more chomping at the bit to hit the water.

Barb Duckworth's family comes to Fremont State Lakes about four times a week.

But their timing has changed.

"We came out early today to do some tubing because I won't come out on the weekend because it's too full and they don't really watch when you got your tubers and they fall off, you've got these big boats come flying by and it could cause a really bad accident," she said.

Those bigger boats come here because the Missouri River is off limits.

Barb said it's a little scary.

"A lot of the big boats that come in and you get out there in your smaller boat and they kind of knock you around a little bit," she said.

She said operators of bigger boats need to change their habits.

"Slow down some and quit treating it like its the river because it's a small area," she said. "I mean you go in a circle here."

Ron McKamy and his family are only staying here through Saturday.

"We know it's just going to be way too crowded so we'll have our fun now while its not too busy," he said.

He has also noticed larger and faster boats on Victory Lake but said many have geared it down.

"People have adjusted and people are pretty nice to everybody else and respectful so that always helps," he said.

Park Ranger Bill Booth said newcomers need to do their homework before hitting the throttle.

"Anyone that's coming out that's a typical Missouri River boater. Familiarize yourself, make sure you're up to date with your boating regulations in the state of Nebraska. Familiarize yourself with this particular body of water," he said.

So everyone can enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

When taking a boat into a congested area, please be sure to watch out for others, especially children on tubes or swimming.

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