O'Leno State Park Closes Swimming Area
For many in Norh Central Florida, Labor Day is a chance to visit parks and swim in springs.
But those visiting the O'Leno State Park… had to settle for some hiking instead.
The swimming area at O'Leno park was closed today due to high water levels.
The Suwannee River Water Management District decides when swimming areas should be closed in parks… depending on how high or low the water is.
If the water is too low, flow is disrupted.
If it's too high, it's not safe to swim in because of the fast- moving current.
The O'Leno State Park manager says the swimming area has been closed the majority of the summer because of high water.
"The only thing that we have closed right now is the sweet water camp sight which is a primitive hike in and hike out sight, not because the camp sight is flooded, but the trail to it is flooded and impassible," said Park Manager, Morgan Tyrone.
Tyrone says changing water levels is normal.
He also says this year alone the swimming area has almost flooded twice.
But even with no swimming allowed… he says park attendance has not dropped and almost one thousand visitors come and go each day.
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