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Heat affects park attendance at Kerr Lake

Posted August 13, 2010 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated August 13, 2010 6:52 p.m. EDT

— The large number of high-temperature days this summer has affected attendance at Kerr Lake, park Superintendent Bryce Fleming said Friday.

“It has been a bit oppressive for, it seems like, the majority of the summer,” he said.

Fleming said overall park attendance is down at least 10 percent in the past year.

“Camping is kind of naturally impacted by weather, especially tent campers,” he said.

Fleming said there has been a steady stream of air-conditioned RV campers, but people staying in tents have had to just grin and bear it.

Campers at Kerr Lake on Friday said they had an easy way to beat the heat.

“The key to it is cool off in the water a whole lot during the day,” camper Ronnie Edward said.