Pactola Pines Marina sees ‘busiest’ year yet

As more people try to social distance, they're taking advantage of the outdoors.
People rented a boat and are getting ready for a day on the lake.
People rented a boat and are getting ready for a day on the lake.(KOTA)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 4:36 PM MDT
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PACTOLA LAKE, S.D. (KEVN) - As more people turn to outdoor activities, many are making a splash at the lake.

“Boat rentals have been absolutely crazy; the numbers are higher than they ever been,” the owner of Pactola Pines Marina Angie Fisher said. “We’ve owned the business for almost 20 years, and it’s been the busiest year in 20 years.”

In early May, they started seeing more customers, and typically May is a slow month.

“It was just super busy from the get-go,” Fisher said.

And their phone has been ringing nonstop. Fisher says they take about 600 to 800 phone calls a day.

“We were booked up until this weekend. We were booked for about three weeks in advance,” Fisher said. “We’re slowing down a little bit as Rally is coming, but weekends are still booking up pretty fast.”

And for some, renting a boat and being out on the water is the perfect way to spend time with family.

“It’s really fun to just swim and be with family,” Rarity Cournoyer said. “Just to tube and swim with family and all that.”

Now, as you gear up to get out on the water, it's important to remember that safety is key. So something you want to keep in mind is being aware of your surroundings.

“People forget that there are kayakers that there are paddleboarders that there are people swimming in the lake,” Fisher said. “You know you have to pay attention to other people, other boaters out there, and give other people space as well.”

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