Boaters Paying More For Gas

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's going to cost you a bit more to hit the lake this holiday weekend. Gas prices aren't just high at your local station but at area marinas as well.

"We're about $4.25 right now at the pump," said Eagle Point Marina Manager Jason Dunigan.

And that price is forcing boaters to fish for extra change. Prices at the Eagle Point Marina in Clarklake are about 75 cents more than local gas stations.

"Mainly the reason is convenience," Dunigan added.

Filling up at the marina means you don't have to take your boat out of the water and that's worth it to some customers.

"It's a beautiful day. It's not that much more than if you buy it in town. And if you buy it in town, you have to haul it out here," said boater Casey Baker. "It's worth the extra 10 or 20 bucks."

Others feel it's too expensive but are willing to pay anyway.

"It's difficult but you've got to do what you've got to do," said Jim Proevski of Jackson.

"It's high. We don't want to see the high gas prices but it is what it is," added Eric Evans.

One simple reason for the high prices out on the water is operating costs. In fact, the marina has to pay three separate permits to environmental groups.

"We have to have three permits just to have the gas dock over the water that are anywhere from $1500 to $2000," Dunigan said.

And unfortunately most of that cost is passed on to consumers. As for the rest of the summer, boaters say they'll keep shelling out the dough to keep their motors running.


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