By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Boats on the lake, fishermen on the dam, swimmers near shore and lots of camping units. Labor Day weekend at Enders Reservoir.
Beau Licking, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) superintendent for Enders, said he estimated about 1,000 persons per day were camping or were day users.
“There were days we had quite a few boats out on the lake,” he observed.
Licking said about 38 of the 41 electrical camping sites were in use.
More trash recepticles were set out this year, but Licking said people were still throwing bottles and cans out vehicle windows. It wasn’t as bad as last year’s Labor Day weekend, he added.
The restrooms added last year seem to be popular, Licking noted. They’re easy to clean and double as tornado shelters, able to withstand 125 mph winds.
Dirk Greene, wildlife officer for NGPC at Enders, said, “Overall the weekend went pretty well. I didn’t have any real violation issues.”
However, Greene investigated a boating accident Monday morning, in which a Colorado resident was injured while wakeboarding.
Greene said 28-year old Adam Wirges of Thornton, Colo., was being pulled on a wakeboard behind a boat driven by his wife, Kim. Also being pulled on a wakeboard was Brett Prothman, also of Thornton.
Greene said Wirges tried to do a flip, the ropes got crossed and Wirges’ leg became entangled in the ropes. He was pulled “a ways,” Greene said, and suffered a leg injury.
Wirges was taken to the Chase County Community Hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Denver, Greene stated.
No tickets were issued in the incident, but Greene said, “I prefer not to see that kind of stuff going on,” regarding the attempted flip.