[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1373068053&height=360&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&show_title=1&va_id=4129716&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 div_id=videoplayer-1373068053 type=script]
Park officials are warning people to be careful at Mosquito Lake State Park as recent rain has raised the lake’s water levels.
“Right now we are probably .35 inches from our normal summer pool, which is not a lot but in comparison to last year, we are almost 6 feet higher than we were last year,” said Dianne Kolodziejski, resource manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The increased water level has meant more water going through the spillway, which has caused parts of Mosquito Creek to overflow its banks. An 11-year-old boy was pulled from the water in that area after nearly drowning on Wednesday.
The boy is now home from the hospital recovering, according to park officials.
Kolodziejski said that area should only be used for fishing.
“It’s a very dangerous area and certainly not one where you would want to be swimming, wading or being in contact with the water in any way,” she said.
Despite those dangers, the higher water is good news for those looking to use Mosquito Lake this holiday weekend. It’s a different story from last year, when drought conditions made the water level extremely low, which presented dangers of a different kind.
Mike Stevens of Warren said he is glad the water level is back up.
“You could walk out quite a distance last year,” Stevens said. “It gives us more opportunities for activities out here around the lake. Last year the water levels were low and it kind of restricted what we could do.”
Boaters also are revving their engines with excitement.
“It’s a different world. This year, the water is quite high. Last year, we could only come out a couple of times we were afraid of bottoming out the boat,” said David George of Vienna.
This weekend kicks off the Mosquito Lake Marina’s free summer concert series. Seven bands will perform throughout the summer, including an oldies band called “Shockwave” that will perform on Saturday. This is the seventh year for the concerts.
The concert begins at 5 p.m. and food will be available for purchase. Guests should bring a lawn chair.