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Thousands flock to Lake Oroville for Independence Day

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 05 2013 12:49:15 AM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Lake Oroville is typically a hot spot for folks to celebrate our nation's independence.   With that celebration, state park rangers want to make sure everyone is safe.

It has become a long running tradition as people flock to take full advantage of what Lake Oroville has to offer.   Whether it's racing through the waters on a boat...or simply just floating in a tube. California State Park Rangers are there to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time.

“And for the most part people are behaving themselves,” said Officer Travis Gee.

Gee along with a colleague, patrol many miles of Lake Oroville and all the people on it.

“The lake is at full capacity and the campgrounds are full. It's still winding down at the end of the day but we are busy,” said Gee.  “Once you get out of the five mile an hour zone it's as fast as the boat goes so we want be people to have fun but not being intoxicated or impaired.”

Another tradition that will not be at the lake this year is the fireworks show due to a lack of funds.  Gee and his crew also want to make sure no one on the lake decides to create their own show.

“You're right in the wilderness and so if you lose a firecracker or a bottle rocket, even though they are safe and sane they can still start a fire,” said Gee.

Gee explains although he want everyone to enjoy themselves, there's a limit.

“We just want to make sure everyone has a good time. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids out on the water and have a good day on the lake,” said Gee.

The State Park Rangers say they expect the same amount of people out on the lake throughout the entire weekend.