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Detroit Lake visitors see lower water levels and campfire restrictions

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DETROIT LAKE, OR (KPTV) -

Water that normally sits about 1,500 feet above sea level is what visitors are used to seeing at Detroit Lake in Detroit. 

But this year, The Army Corps of Engineers said that same body of water is sitting at about 100 feet below that today because of low snow pack this past winter. 

The lake that once catered to boats by providing multiple ramps now has one, while parts once hidden below the surface are now making a presence. But the water level is not the only disappointment for campers. 

Just this week, the Oregon Park Department tightened up restrictions, banning campfires at most state parks including Detroit Lake State Park. 

"That's reasonable given the circumstance," said camper Peggy Soles. 

Even with the restrictions and low water levels, she said she's still going to enjoy the camp life either way. 

"We're carrying on with everything just like we'd carry on if the lake were full," Soles said. 

Oregon State Parks said the the park will likely keep the water level as is, instead of draining some out before winter like they normally would.

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