Memorial Day Weekend on Shasta Lake is a very busy time for the local businesses on the lake. Thousands of college students and families alike flock to the lake for some good old fashioned fun. For the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, it’s also a very busy time keeping everyone safe and responsible on the water.
Even though it was raining on Friday, students from UC Davis, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon were not deterred, taking on the lake with youthful enthusiasm. The sheriff’s department released the statistics from the weekend that tell a story about how busy it was, how crazy things got and how responsible people were.
Shasta’s Slaughterhouse Island, where the shenanigans typically take place, was home to about 74 houseboats over the weekend, with hundreds more situated at various other coves around the lake. The below stats were taken on Shasta Lake from between Friday at 7 am to Monday at 5 pm:
- Boating Under the Influence arrest: 2
- Field Sobriety Tests administered: 26
- Citations Issued for boating violations: 34
- Warnings Issued for boating violations: 359
- Vessels/Persons assisted: 558
- Safety Equipment Inspection Checks: 176
- Accident Reports & Investigations: 2
- Medical Transports to medical centers: 6 injuries, 4 alcohol related
- Criminal Investigations: 2
- Other Agency Assists: 6
The sheriff’s office also recognized UC Davis’ Safe Boat program, which places a boat with EMT’s and paramedics near Slaughterhouse Island in order to give medical attention to those in need. The boat handled around 90 incidents over the weekend.
Overall, the weekend has to be deemed a success. No major trash issues, no fires started and most importantly, no deaths. Isn’t it great when we all have fun responsibly?!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine