Alcohol banned on Clackamas rivers

Alcohol banned on Clackamas rivers

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 5, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 5 at 5:46 PM

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- When temperatures heat up, people traditionally pack the Clackamas River to celebrate on the shoreline and in rafts and boats.

But this year, they won't be celebrating with alcohol - at least not legally.

"We're going to have a lot of people on the river. It's going to get busy, it's going to get really crowded. One thing to remember is that there are a lot of rules and regulations we have this year with no alcohol in the parks," warned deputy Nate Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Last February, Clackamas County banned alcohol at all its public parks. Deputies expect that ban will be put to the test this week as the heat wave moves in.

More: 90s expected later this week

Deputies said they'll be out in force making sure boaters have life vests and noise-making devices as well as making sure they don't have alcohol in any Clackamas County parks. Anyone caught with alcohol will face a $55 fine.

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