The snow has melted, the temperature is rising and a favorite pastime is returning to Summit County.
The Frisco Bay and Dillon marinas are open this weekend, and the staff is ready to get outdoors lovers out onto the water.
Frisco Bay Marina is renting out the usual fleet, which includes canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and powerboats. This year they are also adding stand-up paddleboard rentals, which will be available on June 15.
Dillon Marina is renting boats this weekend as well. It opens today at 10 a.m. with a fleet that includes three 22-foot sailboats, an 18-foot runabout and 22-foot pontoon boats.
Dillon Marina sailing instructor Bobe Cope said he’s happy to start sharing his passion with marina visitors again this season.
“I just love being out on the water,” he said.
After this weekend, Dillon Marina will shut down temporarily to finish construction projects, including an expanded parking lot and new boat ramps.
Cope said the result will be a user-friendly marina experience.
“It’s really going to enhance what we do down here as a boating community,” he said.
Frisco Marina’s office manager, Jenn Shimp, said she’s looking forward to seeing bikes meandering along the recpath, watching families stroll to the water’s edge and kids building sand castles on the beach this summer.
One of Shimp’s favorite things to do at the marina is kayak first thing in the morning.
“It’s flat and calm. You can watch the sunrise and creep along watching the ospreys or the heron’s nest on Fish Hook Island,” she said. “Osprey will come and pull fish out of the water right in front of you.”
The marina offers a nice mix of urban and outdoor fun, she said.
“We are in town, but at the same time you are just steps away from feeling a little more remote.”