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Continued: Bodies of 3 more family members found in Oregon reservoir where authorities say boy drowned

  • Article by: GOSIA WOZNIACKA , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 27, 2014 - 8:55 AM

The lake — created 40 years ago by a dam project — is a busy recreation site for boaters, fishermen and swimmers, drawing 800,000 visitors a year — 6,000 a day on busy summer weekends, officials said. It also provides irrigation water for area farms, drinking water for Portland suburbs, and additional flows for the Tualatin River.

Washington County, which maintains and operates the lake, declined to comment about whether the county has ever considered closing off to swimmers the area where all the drownings and near-drownings have occurred.

"Washington County takes safety seriously with respect to public use of Hagg Lake and Scoggins Valley Park," spokesman Philip Bransford said in a statement. "We work closely with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Gaston Rural Fire District and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue to promote safe practices on Hagg Lake, including the free use of life vests stationed on the banks of the lake."

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