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Tempe Town Lake reopened to boating

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2008 11:13 pm | Updated: 10:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tempe Town Lake reopened at noon Friday after being closed since Monday due to excessive rain.

The lake reopened with shortened hours, closing at 6 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. But boating and other activities will return to normal hours today, allowing water use from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The lake closed Monday as a result of water released from the Salt River, which dumped debris into the lake as water levels rose.

Nancy Ryan, Rio Salado project manager for Tempe, said closing the lake this week gave the city enough time to clear out most of the debris.

"There are still some small accumulations," Ryan said. "But by and large, the lake looks clear and it will be clear for recreational users."

Many people at the park Friday didn't even know the lake had been closed.

"That explains why no one else is out here," said Ray Rednour, a 25-year-old from Tempe who went out boating shortly after the lake reopened.

Cheri Ingalls, 33, of Ahwatukee Foothills, said the lake was still murky Friday and contained a lot of debris.

"It's disgusting," she said.

Mike Wormley, a 30-year-old from Surprise, shared Ingalls' disgust.

"It reminds me of the Missouri River," he said. "You find all sorts of things floating in there."

The city advises boaters to use extra caution until the lake clarity improves.

A news release from the city said crews will be working on picking up the remaining debris through next week.

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