Seneca Lake Marina Update: September 1, 2014


September 2, 2014

Items of interest…..

Labor Day had arrived. For most of us, but not all of us, it’s the signal that summer is over along with the boating and camping seasons.  Time to bid summer friends farewell, get back to work, football, fall festivals and so much more.

We are changing gears here at the marina - gearing up for our boat winterization season. We just received a large shipment of shrink wrap, along with cases of various types of oil, gear lube, filters and all the things that it takes to store a boat safely and securely for the winter. You can view our various winterization packages by clicking on the link: 2014 Revised Winter PKGS. Remember, that you can receive a 15% discount on your package if we can shrink wrap your boat in September. Questions with regards to scheduling a winterizaton can be directed to Marilyn Roe at 740-685-6015 or

From a boat winterization point of view, even if you don’t normally purchase gas at the marina fuel dock due to its cost, it might a good idea to run some ethanol-free gas through your fuel system in addition to adding some fuel stabilizer to your tank this fall. Ethanol based fuels are fairly stable over the short term but sitting idle for an extended can and does lead to problems. A few extra dollars spent now may save you some grief and expense in the spring.

Work is slowly progressing on our new service building. Over the next few weeks there should be rapid progress in that area,

With September comes a change in our Bait, Gas Dock, and Service hours. We will be open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Saturday and Sunday hours will be from 8 AM to 6PM.

Our Upstairs Store hours will be 8AM to 4PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM to 7PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Dockside Restaurant will continue with the same hours that it has had during the summer. Closed on Monday, 8AM to 9PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 8AM to 7PM on Sunday.  They now have TVs on which to watch the Buckeyes, Browns and Steelers along with the other pro games. “Buckeye Blast” dinner specials will be available during the OSU games and other dinner specials during the NFL games. They are also taking reservations for Christmas parties.

The ribbon cutting was held on Friday for the completed development project at Piedmont Marina and Campground. Very impressive. If you happen to be in the area it would be worth your time to stop and take a look at it.

The Activities staff has wrapped up its season in the Park. Here’s a brief note of thanks from them:

To all our new friends we’ve met at Activities 2014 –

It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you and make new memories here together at the Park. (You can check out photos at )A huge THANK YOU to all who participated and/or supported the program this season. We are indebted especially to Annie Bride and Terry Lake of the Dockside Restaurant for their very generous support and encouragement. Coming into this, neither of us could have ever anticipated the joys and the challenges it would present. We’ve learned a great deal and appreciate the guidance offered by many of you. You made our jobs easier. We hope that the Activities and events were a positive part of your overall experience at Seneca Lake Park this season. We hope that the rest of the year goes well for you. April 2015 will be here before you know it!

Take care,

Morgan and Linda


I always view Labor Day as a transitional time, for some of the reasons I have stated above. Two other thoughts also come to mind this time of year; First, it was the day after Labor Day in 1975, that I first started working at a marina so I’ve been at it a long time, most of those years as a Manager. It wasn’t something that I had planned to do but life happens, as they say. The second item is that it was Labor Day weekend, many, many years ago in a rented U-Haul that my partner-in–all things, Linda, made the long trek from Houston to western New York. It has been a grand adventure and I thank her for all of that and more.

I’ll end today with a brief story tying those two thoughts together: In June of 1991 I had just arrived home from work when I get a phone call from one of my staff members that we had a boat on fire. I say, that, “I’ll be right there”. The marina was a fair distance, a good bit of it on Interstate-86. I come around the hill where you can see down the reservoir and I can see a plume of black smoke, it’s about ten miles to the south. Being the great thinker that I am I think, “This is not good”. Meanwhile back home, Linda receives a phone from the dispatcher in the State Park who is looking for me. She says, “He’s on his way to the marina because there’s a boat on fire”. He says, “Oh, no Ma’am,” very politely and adds, “There’s a lot of boats on fire!” and so it was but details of that are for another time.

All for today…..


A thought for today from Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 

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