TULSA — As Labor Day approaches, the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises visitors to Corps lakes to be aware of the extreme heat forecast for the weekend and the impact it can have on boaters.
Oologah beaches are open and the lake level is falling.
This will be the first big holiday weekend this recreation season with predicted high temperatures. It is important for visitors to know that such temperatures tend to multiply the effects of alcohol. Drinking and boating is more dangerous than drinking and driving a car.
Many visitors will go to a Corps lake for a day of boating over the holiday weekend and they should know about the effect of environmental stressors. The combination of noise, wind, motion, sun, and glare during a day of boating can lead to serious fatigue and double your reaction time. It has been a mild summer in the region and visitors may not be acclimated to the hotter temperatures.
The Corps also encourages boaters and swimmers of all ages to always wear a life jacket when on or around the water. This year 17 people have drowned at Tulsa District-managed lakes. Two of the victims were female, the rest were males and none of them was wearing a life jacket. If you do not own a life jacket, you can borrow one from loaner boards found at most Tulsa District lakes. Use it for the day and return it when you are done.
The Corps wants the public to have a safe and enjoyable time while recreating at the lake.
The USACE Tulsa District provides recreation opportunities at 38 lakes. For more information on USACE Tulsa District recreation sites and activities, visit www.swt.usace.army.mil.