Dry spell shuts down popular spot to camp overnight

LOON LAKE, Ore. -- A dry off season is proving to not only affect wildfire season, but it's affecting camping season as well.

Due to a dry spring, water supply is low at Loon Lake, and as a result, overnight camping is closed.

That is throwing off some family summer plans. "Well, we'd planned our vacation for about 8 months, and you know, it puts a damper on things, but everything happens for a reason," said camper Michael Bowers.

The well used for showers and drinking water depends on rainfall.

The low levels cause particles which could cause health issues. "Nobody remembers the well dropping the static level like this," said manager Mike Kelly.

Some campers are asking why it's not just made a dry camp. Laree Thornton is one of them. "I don't know why they just don't keep it open and tell people as long as you're self-contained you can continue to camp."

Kelly says they have had some issues with water being dumped from trailers, and they don't have the manpower to keep an eye on everyone. "We just don't have a way to regulate that use, so we just went with the option of closing the camping season."

The East Shore camping sites are still open on a first come, first serve basis, as well as day-use areas at the lake.

Because there is no water on site, any visitors coming to enjoy day-use have to bring the water they will need to enjoy their day at the lake.