Falls Lake ready for holiday weekend
After toughing it out through dry times, boaters are glad that Falls Lake finally has more water than land – just in time for Memorial Day weekend.Posted — Updated
In the early spring after nearly a year of drought, parts of the lake looked more like a mud flat.
“We were so worried last year. At the end of the year, it looked like it would be a rough year,” boater John Litton said.
Camper Frank Bourner said he toughed out through dry times at the lake. "I fished it when it was low," Bourner said.
Spring rains, though, brought Falls Lake back up to full on April 7 for the first time in 11 months.
And campers crawled over the lake shores on Friday, looking to score a site with a prime view and get an early start on other recreation-seekers bound for Falls Lake this Memorial Day weekend.
Boats should be equipped with:
- personal flotation devices (PFD)
- a fire extinguisher
- a type 4 throw cushion (on boats 16 feet or larger)
- registration papers
Officials say children under 13 must wear a PFD at all times.
Wildlife officers planned to conduct courtesy safety inspections Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the boat ramp off Six Forks Road.