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Lake Nacimiento sees busiest weekend of the year

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It's Father's Day and many dads chose to spend their special day soaking up some rays at Lake Nacimiento.

Since Friday night, there has been a steady flow of visitors and for the first time since 2013, the line to get in reached the dam.

Lake Nacimiento was the place to be with dad.

"He means everything to me. I love him very much and he does basically everything for me," said Kash Duran.

"I like playing soccer with him," said Justice Young.

The lake has been lively since Easter, but this weekend was one for the books.

"We knew Father's Day was a busy weekend but we didn't expect this. It caught us a little by surprise," said Mark Sandoval, Monterey Lakes Recreation Company General Manager. 

By Friday night at 10:15... 

"We didn't have an inch in this place. We cut everything," Sandoval said.

Saturday, 350 campgrounds were full and by 1:30 p.m. day-use was sold out so some visitors were turned away.

Sunday, a lot of people packed up for the work week ahead... still, the line to get in wrapped around the mountainside to the dam for the second day in a row.

All weekend long, more than 2,000 vehicles passed through bringing up fuel sales on the lake, the restaurant, and the general store. 

"The way I gauge that is how much change people need and starting yesterday, we need change, we need change-- and when that starts happening you know they're really moving those registers," Sandoval added. Also saying revenue for this year is up by at least 30 percent at the lake with the Father's Day crowd being a big boost.

Meantime, dads enjoyed this special weekend surrounded by loved ones and a full lake. 

"You feel those special moments that you wake up every morning, every day and you do what you do for your family and you kind of get that in reverse as a father," said Scott Vanhemelryck, father of two.

"Them giving back to me, me giving to them, it just all means a lot. I miss my father. It's just a good family time," said another father of two, Chris Duran.

The restaurant at Lake Nacimiento was upgraded this summer. The general manager says new carpeting could be coming to the lodges sometime this year.

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