Dillon Reservoir water levels affect marina biz
Ryan Summerlin September 17, 2012
Water levels influenced the outcome of summer business at the local marinas, with Frisco Marina reporting reduced bookings for slips and moorings, while Dillon Marina is on a waiting list.
“We probably had one of the best years ever,” Dillon’s marina manager Bob Evans said. “All the slips were full, we’re back on a waiting list.”
Dillon’s docks go deeper than Frisco’s (which is at the shallow end of the lake, so Frisco couldn’t have docks on shore this year), which helped boost Evans’ business. He suspects last year’s $1.2 million in marina renovations didn’t hurt either – they put in a new seawall, upgraded dock facilities and gained some area for events.
Also, “it was hot everywhere else in the country,” Evans said. “That brings people in droves to the mountains.”
The warmer temperatures allowed the Dillon Marina to open up a month earlier than usual, which also assisted in boosting those numbers, Evans said.
“I’ve never seen the launch ramp as busy as it was this year,” he said. “It was actually a really good year.”
While Frisco Marina was down monetarily in slips and moorings due to those low water levels, the rental end of the operation seemed to fare better.
“We are actually going to meet or possibly exceed last year’s numbers on rentals,” according to Frisco Marina office manager Jennifer Shimp.
Shimp attributes the uptick in rental sales to a big public relations campaign the marina did to get people out boating, even though the water was down. Kayaking and canoeing were huge; every boat the marina owns was sent out over 100 times this season.
As of Sept. 13, the marina’s water level was about 17 feet down, making it about a .5-mile walk to the water’s edge from the office, Shimp said.
“Overall, we’re going to end up a little bit short because of the slips,” she said.