Busy weekend at Washoe Lake State Park

NEW WASHOE CITY, Nev (KOLO) -- What a difference time makes.

"Six months ago we didn't have a lake and last year we didn't have a lake. Now we have water and people are enjoying the lake," said Jennifer Dawson, Washoe Lake State Park Supervisor.

July 2, 2017, many people went to Washoe Lake State Park to soak in the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

"It's a wonderful family place to be and we are happy we have water again," said Pam Apuna, Washoe Valley resident.

Dawson says Fourth of July holiday weekend campgrounds were full, especially Saturday night. So far this season, the visitation at the park has surpassed numerous records. Dawson believe one reason for the record crowds is the lake is back to full capacity, and regulars agree.

"The lake is full. I can't believe we were looking for arrowheads and now we are playing on the water," said Karen Skalsky, Washoe Valley resident.

As we approach the Fourth of July, Dawson says the state park still has camp sites available on a first-come-first-serve basis and if they fill up, there is always Plan B.

"If we are full, we do have overflow camping so we don't turn people away," said Dawson.

There are many things to do at Washoe Lake State Park; one thing visitors can't get over is the water. That’s bringing some visitors back.

"We have to go out to Lahontan; that is the only place where you can get warm water. Having this here and having it so close, having waves is just perfect for us. Perfect for the kids," said Karren Harmon, Carson City resident.

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