Camping Still Popular Despite Rain This 4th of July - WRBL

Camping Still Popular Despite Rain This 4th of July

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Camping and spending time on the lake is a popular 4th of July tradition for many families.

The Kennedy's come out to R. Shaefer Heard Campground at West Point lake every year. This year, they've been fighting the rain all week, but it hasn't put a damper on their 4th of July.

Brothers Will and Cullen Kennedy are just glad they don't have to be at school. They're enjoying their summer vacation by spending the holiday camping, even if it is raining.

"It's a lot better than sitting at the house and not having anything better to do," said Will Kennedy.

The Kennedy's aren't the only ones camping in the rain this 4th of July. This campground is full and has benefited from all the rain.

It's been very busy, people are excited to be here," says Gate Attendant Cindy Estes. "We have a lot more water in the lake, so they have a lot more access to water."

But it's not much fun to go on the lake when it's raining. So what's there to do on a rainy campsite?

For the Kennedy's, they've spent a lot of time in the camper. They keep themselves occupied by reading and catching up on TV shows. As for tonight, they won't be celebrating the 4th by setting off fireworks.

"We won't be setting off fireworks tonight, we would get kicked out of the park if we did," said Will Kennedy.

Instead, they said they're just going to sit back and enjoy the great outdoors, rain or shine.

Rangers from the Department of Natural Resources are still patrolling the lake, but say it's been slow because of the rain. It's great fishing weather though, so if you're out fishing on the lake, they encourage you to practice water safety and always wear a life jacket.

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