Lake Attendance Surprisingly Low

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Heather Rotramel and her family had no trouble finding a camp site at El Dorado Lake.

"It's nice out. It's not hot, and that's the good thing about it," Rotramel.

You'd expect with temperatures in the 80's and 90's more people like the Rotramel's would be at the lake over the Fourth of July weekend, but that's not the case.

Park rangers are simply shaking their heads, trying to figure out why.

"It's disappointing because the weather is perfect," said El Dorado Lake Assistant Park Manager Randy Just. "You couldn't ask for better weather in July. We just can't believe it."

State parks rely on the three summer holiday weekends to fund the entire year.

The good news is that campers don't have to worry about finding a spot.

"It's nice and cool," said camper Lance Roberts. "It could be 105 degrees. It's surprising that nobody's out here. It leaves more room for us, I guess."

Wildlife and Parks hopes more people will show up for the rest of the holiday weekend and make up for the lost revenue from yesterday.

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