PORTLAND -- Local rivers are finally receding after flowing at flood stage for several weeks, but the water is still higher than normal for this time of year.

It's creating challenges for holiday boaters and campers on the Columbia River.

Many of the beaches are underwater and that has people setting up camp in grassy areas, which are not supposed to be used for camping.

Authorities could start asking campers to move if the trend continues.

The campsites are starting to move up and actually they are in areas that are often restricted, said Sgt. Travis Gullberg with Multnomah County River Patrol, because you have grass and vegetation that could catch fire.

High water also continues to cover Capt. William Clark Park, in Washougal, which is usually the site for the area's July 4th fireworks show.

The celebration has been moved to the much smaller Marina Park.

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