Even with high winds and blazing heat combined with low water, area lakes are reporting RV spots are full, but not too many boaters are braving the high winds and white caps on the water.
The campgrounds in the gently rolling hills of Lake Wilson were filled with RVs, but many people opted to stay inside during the afternoon heat.
After a slow Friday, on Saturday morning a steady stream of people arrived, said Ellen Radar, administrative specialist.
“We have people coming in. Labor Day’s kind of a hit or miss, depending on weather and school activities,” she said.
The reservable sites were full and first-come, first-serve areas were about half-full. The Hell Creek boat ramp is usable, but with the lake at nine feet below conservation, most of the other boat ramps are high and dry.
The weather didn’t matter to Greg Hamlin, a pastor from Wichita, who sat outside with family. He loves the power of the storms and the wide, blue skies.
“This is where I come to rest,” he said. “This place gives me a home away from home.”
Hamlin meets up with other family members from across the state and camping together gives them a time to reconnect.
Cedar Bluff Reservoir reports the same camping conditions. Tent camping was down and boaters weren’t heading out with the winds.
Water there is 24 feet below conservation and the water is a balmy 76 degrees.
Webster Lake campsites also are full and they have three usable boat ramps. After a couple of weeks on the blue-green algae list, the lake was cleared in July.