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No reported drownings at Lewisville Lake as summer season comes to close

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Julia Falcon, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer, and for many lake-goers, that means spending all weekend on the water.

Lewisville Lake's location helps make it one of the busiest lakes in the area, attracting visitors from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

It also has a reputation of being prone to drownings, but according to Denton County game warden Jerry Norris, there have been no drownings at Lewisville Lake this summer, unlike in past years. 

Farther north at Ray Roberts Lake, there was one drowning reported this year, at a swimming beach, according to Cooke County Game Warden Darla Barr. On average, there is one drowning every other year, she said.

At Grapevine Lake, there have been two drownings this summer, and a total of three all year. 

"These drownings were caused by not wearing a life jacket, a swimming accident, and one incident where a gentleman fell off of his boat," Tarrant County Game Warden Travis Porter said.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 83 percent of drowning victims in the U.S. last year were not wearing a life jacket.

A boat is docked Sunday at the pier owned by Sneaky Pete's, a restaurant on Lewisville Lake. DRC
A boat is docked Sunday at the pier owned by Sneaky Pete's, a restaurant on Lewisville Lake. 

Businesses on Lewisville Lake remained busy this weekend despite Hurricane Harvey-fueled fears of gas shortages at the marinas. 

Sneaky Pete's was expecting nothing short of a busy weekend for Labor Day, with Sunday and Monday bringing in most of the restaurant and bar customers for the holiday weekend. 

With 29 boat slips located outside Sneaky Pete's dock, general manager Chris Kepler said the business's busiest holidays are Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. 

"We see anything from small boats to big yachts," Kepler said. "The water level is where it needs to be, and the traffic in the lake is good despite the fear of gas shortages."