The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 8, 2012

Grand Lake businesses want good year after rough 2011

'A banner year'

By Kevin McClintock
Globe Staff Writer

GROVE, Okla. — So far in 2012, there have been no blizzards, prolonged rainfalls, killer tornadoes or toxic algae blooms. Maybe temperatures are a little high for early June, but marina owners can certainly live with that.

“It’s a little bit hot for this time of year” but nobody is complaining, said Greg Crenshaw, owner of Willow Park Marina on the south end of Grand Lake in Ketchum Cove. “I’ve already noticed the number of people here picking up over last year.”

Lake enthusiasts are hitting marinas earlier than usual, too.

“I’m happy to see it,” Crenshaw said. “I really am. More traffic early is (a good sign). I think we’ll have a really good year.”

Jerry Gibbons, one of the owners of Honey Creek Landing Marina in south Grove, was even more enthusiastic about what he has seen so far this year.

“I’ll tell you what, during Memorial Day, (activity on the lake) was up 100 percent over last year. We had a marvelous weekend.”

When asked about the prospects of a good Fourth of July weekend, Gibbons said he was “cautiously optimistic.”