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Claytor Lake already has thousands of visitors before Fourth of July

Beach will stay open until 7 p.m. tomorrow


DUBLIN, Va. – It's a popular time of the year at Claytor Lake in Pulaski County, and safety is the No. 1 concern.

Park rangers say thousands of people are visiting the lake for the Fourth of July holiday.
    
Extra patrols will be on the water and in the park, making sure everyone stays safe.

"Sometimes with the Fourth, a lot of people are drinking alcohol and stuff. So it's just good to know boating and swimming plus alcohol doesn't mix well. If everybody will keep that in mind, it will be a safe holiday," said Chris Doss, park manager.

The beach will stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesday. So far, park rangers say, they've had no problems or accidents at the lake.