As the Memorial Day weekend revs up weekend, folks on Shasta Lake are gearing up for a busy couple of days.
“It's just the way to kick off the summer,” lake visitor Laurie North said. “I personally have never been on a houseboat and I'm never been to Lake Shasta so this is the first time for me.”
Owner of Shasta Marina Jon Harkrader says high lake levels have brought people out in droves this year.
“We're off to a start of a great Memorial Day weekend with everything sold out this weekend from ski boats to jet skis to houseboats, and a great year to start out here,”
He said he’s expecting a record-breaking season.
“A lot of great happy people showing up smiling big this year with the lake up,” Harkrader said. “And we just haven't seen this kind of response in quite a few years.”
And law enforcement is also expecting a busy weekend, stepping up patrols on the lake.
“We're looking out for safety,” said Sergeant Rob Sandbloom of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department Boating Safety Unit. “And safety can be how somebody's operating a boat in a safe manner not in a negligent or reckless manner, that they have all their safety equipment on board.”
Safety equipment like life jackets and fire extinguishers.
Sandbloom says you should have one life jacket per person on board a vessel, and children 13 and under are required to wear them at all times.
And he strongly recommends having a designated driver if you plan on drinking.
“You know everybody wants to come out here have a good time, you know watersports, barbecue, have some drinks,” Sandbloom said. “But it's still as dangerous and you're definitely better off having a designated driver.”
Sandbloom said he is just hoping for an incident-free weekend.
And he invites everyone to enjoy everything the lake has to offer, but to do it safely.
And while the winter storms did fill up the lake, they also bought with them a lot of driftwood and debris.
So folks are being asked to pay extra close attention when navigating the lake this weekend.