High water levels force a change in summer programming for Forest Park Schools

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - High water levels in Iron County are affecting summer programs for Forest Park schools.

The school offers free swimming classes every summer at Runkle Lake for children ages four and up. This year, students will be learning how to swim at Gibson Lake instead. The Iron Mountain YMCA instructors changed the location because they felt the high water levels in Runkle Lake are too dangerous.

Even now, water covers the beach, and as late as last week, an outhouse on the shore was underwater.

“So, if parents can get to Runkle Lake, we hope that they can take the extra couple miles and bring them out here, because swimming safety in the Upper Peninsula is very important,” said Lisa Olson, principal athletic director at Forest Park Community Schools.

The class runs Monday and Wednesdays from June 24 through July 24 and will be at Gibson Lake the entire time.

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