Boating season off to good start

Boaters return to Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula Township.

Boating is a good recreational pursuit for people looking to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing.

Boaters spend time driving from their homes, walking to their boats, enjoying a trip onto Lake Erie and then turn the process around to go home, leaving little interaction time with their party.

The Geneva State Park Marina has been busy as people are seeking to do something different after months cooped up in their homes. “It was a little slow because people were a little leery about going out,” said Jeanette Vargo, a cashier at the GSPM.

Vargo said the marina has been a little busier than normal. She said the transient docks are not able to be used because of the coronavirus, so people are making reservations causing the overall marina to be a bit busier than last year.

The marina store is open normal hours.

“We have it just marked a little different. We don’t allow more than 10 people at a time,” Vargo said.

Vargo said people are social distancing when in the store as well.

Some charter fishing captains reported a slow start to the fishing season, due to cold temperatures, but said the fishing is excellent now the weather has warmed.

Many captains are back in docks, with full limits caught, by 9:30 a.m. Long time captain Walt Ermansons said he dropped his trip size from six to four, which is better for social distancing.

Boat ramps from Andover, to Geneva, to Conneaut and Ashtabula have shown high usage on warm sunny days as people try to shake the coronavirus blues. n

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