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Boaters enjoy the lake at Alum Creek State Park in this May 2021 file photo.

Though some boaters have already been out on area waterways like Buckeye Lake for a couple weeks now, Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the official boating season in Ohio.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of people have been getting out and about in Ohio’s state parks and waterways, and this year is no exception, said Lt. Dawn Powell with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft.

“It’s a very busy weekend statewide,” Powell said. “Boating, camping, utilizing our state parks — that hasn’t died down.”

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It’s also the traditional first boating weekend in many other states, which is why this is National Safe Boating Week, which continues through Friday.

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