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May 26, 2008

Albany-  The number of boaters using Georgia's Rivers and Lakes this Memorial Day weekend are down statewide.

While the Department of Resources is reporting lower numbers in north Georgia, we found plenty of boaters on Lake Chehaw Monday. Those who are traditionally on the lake for Memorial Day say traffic is up.

"When I lived on the water it was a lot less crowded, but Albany's gotten bigger, the water's getting to be a little bit more popular, I don't see it slowing down any today," said Steve Lunsford, SCUBA instructor.

Many were taking the necessary precautions with young children, buckled into safety vests. So far this Memorial Day weekend, the DNR reports one person was injured tubing Saturday at Lake Blackshear and two people were cited for Boating Under the Influence.

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