Campers prepare for camping season

Posted at 6:38 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 19:38:54-04

Public entry points to the Elkhorn River have already been shut down because levels are so high.

Those high levels have officials reminding people to be cautions on waterways this holiday weekend.

It’s a beautiful day here at Tubing & Adventures in Waterloo as campers prepare to stay the weekend.

 “It's a decompress, it's the beginning of camping season."

"We are here to just relax and make memories with our family members.”

 Its Michelle and her best friend’s ninth year here with the kids.

 “We usually stay two to three days, the kids like fishing.”

 Although owner Brock Baren says he wants campers to enjoy themselves, he still informs people on the condition of the water.

"It's moving a lot faster, the current is a lot stronger, it's deeper so you can't touch.”

“There's no sandbar so there's nowhere to escape if you are in danger."

Because of rain, the Elkhorn River is six feet and the Natural Resource District advises people to stay out this weekend.

"If we don't get any more rain here or upstream, hopefully we will be able to open back up, but it's just day to day"

Baren says if people do venture out, they need to be careful.

"If you're doing it on your own make sure your life jacket is attached to your tube, it's a state law"

So here are a few ways campers like Angie and Michelle can prepare.

"If it's extremely hot you need to make sure you have a lot of water and stay hydrated.

“Don't just drink adult beverages."

For tubers Baren says the worst thing is to be uninformed.

“Be aware of how long the float last, and not just hop in the water and not know.”


Ideally Baren says the river should be three to three and a half feet for safe tubing, swimming and boating activity.