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Cascade lakes resorts welcoming guests back

Lake and resort visitors face changes for social distancing as holiday nears

LA PINE, Ore. (KTVZ ) -- Many lakes and resorts are reopening very soon, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. And with clear roads and no more snow, many people are taking advantage of the opportunity to physically distance outdoors. 

Crane Prairie Resort opened back up last Friday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all employees and guests are required to wear masks in the store and while on boats while docked. 

They are also only allowing a limited amount of customers in the store, to help maintain 6-foot social distancing orders. The boating dock is open for guests, and the trails are clear for hiking.

Some visiting guests Tuesday told NewsChannel 21 the rainy conditions are playing a role in their fishing experience.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful area," said Marvin Fretwell. "It's still cold and rainy, the fishing has been a little slow, but it's better than distancing at home." 

Another man who drove from La Pine said he was sitting in his car to even decide whether to fish or not, because the rain can be tricky on the water. 

The current weather conditions may be a reason many people are staying away, as Fretwell said they saw fewer visitors than he expected.

The road that leads to Elk Lake Resort reopened Tuesday, but the resort will be closed until Friday.

Owner Wendy Prieve told NewsChannel 21 when they do open, there will be limited parking, only allowing 50 cars at a time. Areas like the front desk, rental area and center island will have new sanitation areas nearby.

Elk Lake Resort will only be serving to-go orders until they can get a handle on managing the number of visitors, and cabins will be sanitized before and after guests lodging. 

Central Oregon / Deschutes County / Environment / La Pine / Outdoors
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Arielle Brumfield

Arielle Brumfield is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Arielle here.

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