Lake Murray State Park visitors will be ‘swimming at their own risk’ during Fourth of July celebrations this week.
The state park will have lake patrol and park rangers making rounds as normal, but the lake areas will not be guarded by lifeguards, said park manager Richard Keithley.
The holiday week begins just after the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a drowning at the lake on June 30, and extra precaution is urged.
“Make sure that if they’re swimming there are people wearing proper life preservers in the proper areas and that they’re not swimming alone so that people are with them and paying attention — especially for kids,” Keithley said.
Consumption of alcohol while boating or swimming can also be dangerous, Keithley said. And individuals should be aware that the use of fireworks at the state park is prohibited, he said.
Like many other popular Fourth of July destinations, Keithley said he expects the park to be packed beginning Thursday morning. The park has had to close due to overcrowding in previous years, however, that decision will be made “on the fly” if it gets to that point, he said.
“We just want everyone to come out and have a good time and be safe,” Keithley said.