Lake Businesses Hope for Comeback Heading into Holiday Weekend

Updated: 07/01/2014 5:28 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 3:53 PM
By: Jessica Miles

Our rainy, wet weather certainly hasn't helped business for the countless companies that rely on summer and nice weather so people will hit the water.

But with the high waters receding and the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, giving us a long holiday weekend, things might be turning around.

Owners at Rockvam Boat Yards, Inc. on Lake Minnetonka say the water has never been this high in their 50 plus year history. Despite that, they are full for Friday and Saturday. Aall of their boat rentals, pontoons and fishing boats are booked.

"Last Sunday when we had great weather, there were a lot of boats out, a lot of them.  It almost seemed like the activity was back again on a slower scale. There is a tremendous amount of pent up demand to get out and be on the lake, and the weather has a lot to do with that, so that's why we're pretty optimistic," said owner Jerry Rockvam.

It’s a different story for the owner of a jet-ski rental business. He says this summer has been terrible; people don't rent jet-ski's to go slow.

However, he's making some good out of the bad and renting out the personal water craft to people who are taking them up north to ride on lakes without lake restrictions.

Meanwhile, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is urging caution. He says the boat launches around metro lakes and around the state will be jammed this weekend.

In the metro there will be plenty of patrols out there keeping the lakes safe.

Stanek is asking those planning to be on or near the water this weekend to wear life jackets and keep an eye on their surroundings.

"Keep in mind because of the high water a lot of things got into the water and were floating, we've found lawn chairs, logs, trees, and other debris so the lake is not totally safe. You've got to be aware of what's out there," he said.

Stanek says the good news with the wake restrictions on Lake Minnetonka and other lakes is you won't have people traveling as fast, potentially causing accidents.

He also says officers will be enforcing boating while intoxicating laws, so be careful out there on the water.

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