Spring Break business not great for ‘08

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

KINGSTON, Okla. -- Wednesday day marked the halfway point for a lot of young people on Spring Break. Next week it will be back to school. Camping, fishing, the great outdoors are always a big draw for the spring break crowd, but not so much this year as in year’s past it seems. Robin Beal talked to people around the Kingston area.

People all around Lake Texoma, especially Kingston, told me they have seen a dramatic decrease in Spring Break traffic this year. It may be too cold for people to swim in the lake, but it isn’t too cold to camp. We wanted to find out where they’ve all gone.

Chief John Canoe has seen a lot of spring breaks come and go, and as the top cop in Kingston, he says the traffic is not as busy as in years past.

“We haven’t really seen a whole lot of activity yet. You know that’s not saying it’s not going to happen before the Spring Break’s over, but we just haven’t seen them yet,” Chief Canoe says.

Ed Phillips of the Lake Texoma Association would seem to agree, “We expect a decline overall on the people coming to Lake Texoma for the Spring Break this year.”

That expectation is for several reasons. One is the closed Lake Texoma Lodge and nearby cabins, which have been shut down for months, as a result of a pending land deal between the state and private developers. Another reason is a reduction in available camping spots after last year’s devastating floods.

Local businesses are sharing mixed reviews so far of Spring Break ’08.

“It started out really well, and then when the weather set in it slowed down,” store clerk Deborah Steward says.

Other Spring Break destinations around the area like Turner Falls and Sulphur National Park reported a good crowd so far this week despite the rains. Lake Murray also said they are getting the visitors they expected.


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