Rain is a boat rental operators worst scenario. You want clear skies all summer long so as many happy families can go out and enjoy the lake.
This week it has been raining a lot. Luckily the schedule was able to move some reservations around and accommodate everyone’s reschedule.
As much as we hate to see rain in the forecast we must sit back and remind ourselves that rain is also what fills the lake up giving up a body of water to rent boats on! If we don’t have any rain for long long periods of time, the lake level will be too low to rent boats safely (like in 2015 we had to shut down in August/September). Further, if we don’t have enough rain to keep the levels up, people can’t access the lake anymore. Docks at lake homes are sitting in mud and public boat ramps don’t have enough water to launch boats.
Lake Wylie is a drinking water reservoir for Charlotte and surrounding areas. So, making sure it stays clean and plentiful is important.
Good news is coming though. In a few years Duke Energy has announced that they plan to raise the average water level on Lake Wylie by 6″. Six whole inches in a boat rental operators world is the difference in replacing 30 props a season and replacing maybe only 15!
If rain means a healthy full lake of water, then bring it on! But please, lets focus that rain during the week at least:)