Rising floodwaters in nearby Lake Hudson caused owners Dave and Debbie Matlock to close Lake Shore RV Park near Salina, Okla., according to the Pryor Daily News.
“It’s awful. We were booked from the last week of June, all this week through Rocklahoma,” Debbie Matlock said.
Rocklahoma fans from Oklahoma and surrounding states were booked to stay at Lake Shore during the four-day festival, July 13-17, in Pryor. If space becomes available, Matlock said she will call those with reservations to see if they are still interested in staying at the park. During Country Fever in early June, Matlock said they had a few campers but were excited about the possibilities of Rocklahoma.
Matlock said she many of the seasonal campers pitched in to help those evacuating the park.
“Everyone has been great,” Matlock said.
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest holiday’s for Lake Shore Park. Since the park was closed, Matlock said this was the first time in 10 years she and her family were able to celebrate at their home instead of at the park.
“We depend on our big holidays moneywise,” said Matlock.
As of Friday morning, Lake Shore had 42 RV hook-ups under water. The hook-ups are disconnected for the time being and include both electric and water.
Jarrell Pell and his family visit Lake Shore nearly every weekend during the summer.
“We’re amazed at how high the water has gotten,” Pell said.
They have spent the last few days helping other campers evacuate the flooded park. Pell said he and his have helped around 15 RV’s move to higher ground.
There’s not much to do at the park besides watch the water rise and maybe take advantage of the fishing. Pell said they will just hang out at the park until time to go home.
The lake level crested over the weekend. With Rocklahoma only days away, Matlock said the water would have to recede pretty quickly to have space for campers.
“We had back to back reservations scheduled,” Matlock said.
There next focus will be cleaning up the remaining debris. Matlock said it will be the third time this summer they’ve had to clean up debris left by high waters.
Open seven months out of the year, Lake Shore will be closed until further notice.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” Matlock said. “It’s nature.”