“We are fixing to launch the last boat tomorrow, so we’ll have all three boats out on the lake this weekend,” Turley said.
He expects beautiful weather this Labor Day weekend, but also expects a large crowd on the lake as well.
“It’s going to be like the last rush before they (Alabama Power Company) lower the water level,” he said.
Labor Day weekend generally marks the last weekend the lake remains at full pool. After the weekend, APC begins the process of slowly lowering the level of the lake, bringing it down to the winter pool level.
Turley said Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend are the two busiest times on the lake.
“During Memorial Day weekend you see more incidents, because people are putting their boats in the water for the first time,” he said.
Turley said people will probably see more boats during the Labor Day weekend because people have their boats already on the lake and Labor Day weekend marks the final chance of boating for the summer.
“I expect more activity this weekend but fewer problems,” he said.
Turley said boaters need to be aware of their surroundings, since officials expect a large Labor Day weekend crowd on Logan Martin Lake.
When leaving a slough, he said, boaters need to make sure they look right, left and right again before pulling out into the main body of water.
He said boaters need to follow the rules of the road, and it’s probably just best to slow down and let faster boats pass by.
“Don’t assume that everybody is going to follow the rules of the road,” he said.
Turley said everyone should wear their life vests as a precautionary measure since boat traffic is expected to be heavy out on the lake this upcoming weekend.
“If you are in a collision, you can increase your survival rate by 50 percent, if you wear your life vest,” he said.
Turley said not only will the Pell City Police Department be out on the water, but state marine officers and state conservation officers will also be out on Logan Martin Lake during the Memorial Day weekend.
He said officers will look for boater operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“That’s something we have zero tolerance for,” Turley said. “If you are driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are going to jail.”
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