GETTING ready for the Memorial Day weekend

Wednesday, May 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

With Memorial Day less than a week away, many folks in Oklahoma are gearing up for a weekend of camping and playing on the lake. Veteran campers know that you can't get ready too early.

KOTV's Donn Robertson tells us, state parks are gearing up now for next weekend's big rush. The week before Memorial Day at the lake is generally full of peace and quiet. The Wyrich's hit the Keystone State Park a week before the big event, and it's not exactly for the serenity. Alan Wyrich says, "The rule out here is the sooner law. The sooner you get out here, the better place you get." They came early because Wednesday people will be lining up to get in. By Friday the prime spots will be gone." "Wednesday, it will probably be packed and if you ain't got your spot, you might as well stay home."

The Wyrich's received cash up front from their relatives. It's first come, first serve, so they put money down on a dozen spots for the rest of the family coming for the annual Wyrich Memorial Day reunion. Tulsa area campgrounds are also set for the crowds. A park ranger at Keystone State Park, "We're on line ready to go for this coming weekend." In Southeastern Oklahoma workers are still wrapping up their cleanup after the Christmas ice storms. The campsites are open at Robbers State Park, a few of the trails are closed, but there is plenty of firewood. And

The Corps of Engineers says the lake levels are plenty good for boaters, unless there's a downpour. Ross Adkins with the US Corps of Engineers, "I think we are going to have a pretty good weekend. But again, it just depends. This time of the year the weather being so unpredictable." Good or bad weather, the Wyrich's are predicting a good time once the thirty some family members arrive. "Memorial Day is what we are waiting for, that is when the big fun is going to happen." Until then, It’s time to relax.

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