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A CMPD police boat at McDowell Nature Preserve landing. CMPD and other agencies will be out on area lakes this Memorial Day weekend.
David Boraks / WFAE

Boating season gets into full swing this holiday weekend on North Carolina's lakes and waterways. Public safety officials will be out enforcing the rules, including a new state law that stiffens penalties for boating while impaired.

Catherine Muccigrosso / LakeWyliePilot.com

Updated 4:50 p.m.
Many of the boat ramps on Lake Wylie and Lake Norman are now closed as the region's drought persists. Duke Energy announced new closings Tuesday and said remaining ramps could be closed by week's end. Meanwhile, area water systems are continuing to urge users to limit water use.