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September 3, 2013

Boaters out in full force over weekend

CLINTON - After a slow start to boating season, the river finally began to cooperate and the weather has stayed relatively ideal for area boaters.

But now that people are finally getting to enjoy one of Clinton’s biggest attractions, the window of opportunity is slowly beginning to close.

Labor Day is typically the time of year when people get the chance to enjoy one last trip on the Mississippi River before ending their boating season, meaning a busy time for the river, and this year lived up to that reputation.

Clinton Marina Manager Cindy Brackemeyer said that she hasn’t seen as much activity as she had hoped for this season but Labor Day has been the best weekend they’ve had so far.

“The weekend’s been good,” Brackemeyer said. “I feel l’ve seen more boats out this weekend moreso than others this year.”

The lack of activity this year is in part because of high river levels in May and June, and below average temperatures in early July.

Veteran boater Lisa Murray said that although it has been a short season, she and her family have been able to enjoy what’s left of the summer.

“We would have liked to be out in May and June but because the water was so high we didn’t get out until the end of July,” Murray said. “(But) we’ll keep going all the way through September if the weather is nice.”

That resilient attitude is something Brackemeyer has seen a lot of this summer and something that many boaters must possess in order to enjoy the unpredictable Mississippi.

“You make the best of what you can,” Murray said. “Sometimes you just have to take your chances with the river and with the water.”

Murray and her family are not the only ones who will extend the season as far as it can go.

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