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IE residents go fishing for the holiday

July 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Many IE residents are heading up to Lake Silverwood for the 4th to go fishing.The Nichols family from Corona say they are heading to the water to stay cool.

"We are heading up to Lake Success near Porterville. We are meeting family up there and they have boats. We are meeting other campers. We will barbecue and celebrate the 4th of July," said Jeff Nichols.

"We are travelling from Carson and going to a little resort that we belong to. We are going to do some fishing over the weekend and have a good time," said John Hild, Carson resident.

With gas prices down from last year, there seems to be more RVs travelling on the freeways.

Some locals are heading to Lake Silverwood. Camp sites there have been reserved for months.

Greg Cornelson has been preparing his camp site.

"We are going to do a little fishing tonight. We've got a boat coming to meet us in about four hours. We are going to hang out with the kids and have a good time," said Cornelson.

The fishing and the boating make Lake Silverwood a very popular spot. It can get crowded and boaters should know the rules of the water.

"We want to make sure people are safe on their vessels. We want to make sure nobody under 16 is driving it. You can actually drive a vessel if you are 12 years old as long as you have someone over 18 is behind you," said Eric Christianson, Park Ranger.

"You want to make sure that you are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving a vessel. It is the same as a vehicle and you can be arrested for it. If you are going to be coming out on the lake we recommend lots of water. We know it is the holiday weekend, but try not to drink too much. You will want to wear lots of sunblock and hats. You will want to cover yourself. We also recommend keeping your eye on the children," he adds.

There is a nice beach there for families. No dogs are permitted on the beach area, but Jim Brown's black lab, Buster, seems quite content cooling off in the cooler water at the boat ramp.

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