The opening of the boat ramp launches operations at the Frisco Bay Marina into full force for the busiest stretch of the season.
“This weekend and next weekend are the biggest of the year, and we are going to provide as much as we can to as many people as we can,” said marina manager Phil Hofer.
The water levels at the Dillon Reservoir currently allow a safe launch for most boats out of the marina, Hofer said. Day-use motorboats should be in the clear, he said, but people with sailboats with long keels might want to call ahead.
Hofer said he’s happy to add the service of the boat ramp to guests at the marina.
“It’s so much nicer to have two operating marinas with two operating ramps,” he said. “You can get twice as many people on (the water) and get your inspections taken care of quicker. You are on the water faster.”
The marina manager said it’s also more convenient for boaters who are on the south side of the county not to have to drive up to Dillon to launch their boats.
The free boat launch is available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Boats must be inspected before they are allowed on the water. They will be checked for invasive species that, if introduced, could wreak havoc on aquatic life and infrastructure at the reservoir. The inspection is especially important for anyone who has boated on out-of-state bodies of water or in affected areas within Colorado, Hofer said.
“We want to make sure before we let you in that you are clean, drained and dry,” he said. Boats will be inspected to make sure they don’t contain standing water; the outsides of all boats must be clean, and boat anchors can’t have mud on them.
“No dirty boats,” Hofer said.
Kayak and other boat rentals are now being offered in the “normal” position, thanks to high water levels, he said. The marina is also renting stand-up paddleboards and fishing poles for the first time this season.
The season got off to a good start with the “Rock the Dock” party and the inaugural Summit Games, Hofer said. With marina operations now in full swing, the 2013 season is going better than expected, he said.
“The water is coming up thanks to the April snowfalls. It really changed the outlook of the season,” he said. “The fact we are opening the ramp and our rental operations are in the normal location is huge for us. It’s really nice to be able to provide that guest service.”
For more information visit www.FriscoBayMarina.com.