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Lake Tahoe Tourism Booming in Spite of the Drought

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The level of Lake Tahoe may be low but business around the lake is definitely up this year. That was easy to see at beach rentals in Kings Beach today. North Tahoe Water Sports saw steady business and was booking up through the weekend. 

"Business has been great," said Jamy Harbeger. "We have some things here that are limited like para sailing and so people have to reserve times and they are doing that through Sunday. The phone just keeps ringing."

Ryan and Katie Walsh were visiting from Oxnard, California.

"This is a great place to bring kids. They love the beach and when you go to the ocean there are tides and stuff to worry about but here they can just play," said Ryan.

"We have come here for four straight years now because we love it," added Katie.

"And when the water is low, it actually helps us," said Harbeger. "There are fewer boats and that means more people rent jet skis and kayaks, so it's good for us."

Restaurants reported the best June in years and said they are anticipating a strong July as well. And tourism overall is up. 

"In our May to October forecast we are expecting a 21% increase in room rate occupancy over last year, and last year was a record year for us," said Sandy Evans Hill with the North Tahoe Tourism Bureau.

And this is just the start of the weekend. 

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