Okatibbee Beaches Open Saturday

Meridian, Miss. Memorial Day weekend is a kickoff point for summer that won't actually arrive for a few more weeks.

Many people will head to beaches and swimming areas for the first time of the season this weekend.

Okatibbee Lake's campgrounds are already open. The beaches open Saturday.

Manager Mark Dean says the lake is at a good level for water sports.

"We just want to remind you to exercise good water safety practices when boating," said Dean. "Always wear a personal flotation device. Check all the safety equipment aboard your vessel first. When swimming, always swim in the designated swimming area. That's the area that's buoyed off."

Dean also advises visitors to never swim alone and for parents to always keep an eye on children in or near the water.