State Parks officers plan for busy Memorial Day weekend on Utah’s lakes

Bear Lake (Photo: Utah State Parks)

(KUTV) – Thousands of people filled Utah State Parks Friday night for the start of the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Utah State Parks officers are warning anyone headed to Utah’s water to be prepared with life jackets.

“Especially right now in this cold temperature, life jackets are the best for you because you never know,” Sgt. Drew Patterson with Utah Department of Natural Resources said.

2News went with DNR on patrol at Rockport State Park Friday night where Patterson stopped boats for safety inspections and spoke with people on paddle boards and kayaks about the need for life jackets.

The weekend already claimed one life on Utah’s water. A man died Friday afternoon while cliff jumping at Hyrum Reservoir in Cache County.

Sgt. Patterson said the water is still very cold and can shock a person’s system if they fall in.

“It’s not going to take long before your body starts shutting down, Patterson said.

You can see water temperatures, boating laws, and safety precautions on the Utah State Parks website.

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