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ARLINGTON (CBSFDW.COM) – The story of Jason Watts and his two boys is the story of a crowded Lake Arlington Friday.

“We just want to get out and paddle for about an hour,” he said. “Just getting our kayaks and mess around.”

People just want someplace, any place to get on the water that’s not closed because of flooding.

“We’ve tried a couple of different places to put in and everything else is closed,” Watts said.

So, they come to little Lake Arlington because it’s one of only a handful of lakes still open.

O.T. Ellis was on a mission Friday with his three, visiting grand daughters.

“I’m taking them out on the boat,” Ellis said. “They’ve never been on a boat before. I’m giving them their first shot at it!”

But, even though he lives right next to Joe Pool Lake, Ellis is about to experience a first too.

This is my first time here,” Ellis said. “I’ve been on all the other lakes with the boat. But never been here. No choice today! It’s the closest!”

Remember, parks are closed at other area lakes too. So add picnickers and fisherman to the boats, kayaks and canoes and that equals a Lake Arlington flooded with new visitors.

“We consider this the calm before the storm,” said Lake Attendant Guy Scruggs, one of two lake attendants . “And tomorrow is going to be probably Tom and myself and about 3000 of our closest friends. Most of them are not going to be familiar with the lake.”

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