News: Ending Summer Safely
Story by Laurie Driver
PIEDMONT, Mo. - School starting and Labor Day ending usually signals the beginning of the end to summer for a lot of people. However, with the temperatures in the 80’s to 90’s, the lake is a perfect place for you and your family to spend these last few end of summer days. Whether you come out to just enjoy the day or want to stay the night in one of the five campgrounds it can be a relaxing and memorable trip if it is done safely.
The main body of the lake has been keeping a surface temperature around 80 degrees which can feel quite cool considering the surrounding air temperature. With this in mind hook onto the boat for at least one more outing on the lake before you put it away for the year. If you don’t own a boat one of the three marinas located on Clearwater Lake would gladly rent one to you for the day.
If you prefer the river over the lake, Highway K Park is located on the upper Black River which offers some of the finest canoeing and fishing in the area.
While enjoying the lake or the river one needs to remember that the summer heat can ruin your relaxing trip by causing a heat-related illness whether it’s just a sunburn or heat exhaustion.
The heat can affect people of all ages and can possibly become very serious if not treated properly.
Here are some simple tips that can help prevent a heat-related illness while on your outing:
• Dress for the heat. Wear light weight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect some of the suns energy. It is also good to wear a hat or use an umbrella.
• Wear sunblock to help prevent sunburn.
• Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
• Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day.
• Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you or someone else is showing the signs of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool.
Clearwater Lake and Black River are two great places to enjoy the end of summer, so bring the family out for one more relaxing day and remember, your safety is our number one concern.
For more information or a map of the Clearwater Lake Project, write the Corps at RR 3 Box 3559-D, Piedmont, MO 63957, call 573-223-7777 or visit the lake’s web site at www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/clearwater on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.
To ensure a developed campsite will be available upon your arrival, call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or visit the Website at www.recreation.gov and make your reservations in advance.