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Low Lake Levels Don't Discourage California Campers


Low gas prices and mild temperatures are expected to combine to bring thousands of people to Central Valley and California mountain campgrounds for the Labor Day weekend.

Laurie Lockhart with the Lake Amador Resort near Ione says she expects 95 percent of the resort's campsites to be reserved, and she expects people will start arriving early.

"The bulk of your people that do not have a reservation will trickle in onThursday so they can get those leftover campsites and they kind of want to beat the crowds too, and on that road with gas prices down, I would imagine the roadways are going to be vein of cars."

Lockhart says Amador Lake is down 35-feet because of the drought but there is still plenty of water for swimming and even for taking a boat out to fish.

AAA reports gas prices for this Labor Day weekend will be the lowest since 2004.

That will make it less expensive for people to drive to the Lake Amador Resort just outside of Ione.

"People still got to get away and play and let's face it there's lot of neat things you can do in the state that don't revolve around water," says Lockhart. 

A bonus for anglers is that Saturday is free fishing day in California.
Lockhart says she expects families will be arriving in droves this weekend. 


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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