OROVILLE, Calif. -- Frustration within Lake Oroville goers increases as Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide closure to california parks starting May 1st, 2020.
Don Bartlett lives in Oroville and owns a boat he.
Bartlett says, "to me it just doesn't make sense. Hopefully it'll open here soon, but the people won't be able to come up here from wherever they come from. Reno, Tahoe, we've got everybody and that's what they want. They want the lake.
Parks were closed in an effort to help continue flattening the curve in Calirfornia.
Yet for the sake of social distancing, people like Bartlett are confused at how being alone on your boat can be a risk.
Especially when cabin fever hits and you want to go out.
Bartlett says, "not only that, you have fun. That's what we need today, it's to have fun. Don't stay in your house all the time, go outside. Do what you're supposed to do, go have fun. It's like a big vacation.
He did admit it's important to follow public health guidelines, but restricting access to boats is too far for him.
Common visitors of Lake Oroville are worried their memorial day plans are over and done with.
Others hoping to do repairs on a boat that cost them tens of thousands of dollars, can't for now.
It's not just Lake Oroville. Other state parks in the area include McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial, Castle Crags, Shasta State Historic Park and the Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area.