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Many North Staters spent their Memorial Day holiday out on the water

Many North Staters spent their Memorial Day holiday out on the water

It is certainly going to be a warm memorial day on Lake Shasta.

Crowds were out this weekend to take a catamaran cruise across the lake and see the spectacular Shasta Lake caverns, a natural wonder formed 200-million years ago.

The manager of the cruise said that Memorial Day has a special meaning for him.

 “I am actually a veteran,” said Matt Doyle. “I was in Operation Enduring Freedom. I had served 10 years in the air force so I have a lot of friends that are still out there in the field so this holiday is near and dear to my heart. We get so caught up in barbecues that I just want to make sure that people remember it is memorial day and that’s for all of our veterans that our out there, all of our active duty that are out there and those that have fallen for protection of this country and its freedom.”

According to the California Department of Water Resources the lake is at 92 percent capacity, a huge increase from last year's 55 percent at this time last year.

And this is a look at Lake Oroville at Bidwell Bar.

Plenty of boaters enjoyed the unofficial kickoff to summer this weekend according to the Department of Water Resources, the lake is currently at 94-percent capacity and 885 feet above sea level.

Which means it's dropped five feet in the last month.

 


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