Authorities are fed up with underage drinkers on the Ottertail RiverFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Ottertail River just outside of Detroit Lakes is known as a party spot, and authorities say too many of those partiers are under age.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Ottertail River just outside of Detroit Lakes is known as a party spot, and authorities say too many of those partiers are under age.
Becker County Sheriff says he's fed up and putting a stop to it. Now, when you pick up a tube you hand over your ID.
Skylar Watchorn-Tuber: "A relaxing ride down the river."
A warm day, sun shining flows right along with a cold beverage.
Watchorn: "It's kind of a party."
But sometimes partying goes a little too far.
Watchorn: "People getting a little wild, doing things they shouldn't be."
A good chunk of them, under 21 - the legal drinking age. And that's why Becker County is enforcing stricter rules.
Cathy Pihlaja-Charlie's Ottertail Tubing: "Alcohol sometimes tends to just make people stupid."
Charlies's Ottertail Tubing is against the idea. Infact, they even offered to check Id's and hand out wristbands to those who are of age.
Pihlaja: "Minors can't go anywhere else and drink why can they come here and drink."
And despite the hassel, customers say they'll comply.
Watchorn: "I think it's a good thing."
Sapphire Watchorn-Tuber: "Especially when the water's high, it can get kind of dangerous. Like there's a spot back there where I flipped."
People with the tubing company say this will not eliminate the problem.