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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 1998 1:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Lake officials expect large crowds on the weekends with normal water levels at Red Rock and Saylorville reservoirs back to normal.

``The trails are in good shape,'' said Jerry DeMarce, Saylorville operation manager. ``The campgrounds were unaffected. The boat ramps are all open and operating normally. If the warm weather continues, we should have a really nice Labor Day weekend,'' he said.

Saylorville returned to its normal level of 836 feet above sea level last week. It peaked around 870 feet this summer, DeMarce said.

Campsites remained open all summer at Red Rock, Iowa largest lake, while beaches opened at the beginning of August, said Jerry Dowell, Red Rock operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Red Rock dam -- between Pella and Knoxville -- normally has 19,000 acres of water behind it. But heavy rain earlier in the summer pushed the water over 47,000 acres at its peak, including thousands of acres of farmland.

The lake returned to its normal elevation of 742 feet above sea level over the weekend since June 10, Dowell said.

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