Lowering the docks

Marinas aren’t immune to the water woes plaguing local lakes and rivers.
Alex Doty
Feb 26, 2013

Randy Styburski, general manager of Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake, said he plans to modify the marina's docks to compensate for the low water. He said they will lower 16 of the marina's fixed docks, resulting in 32 slips with platforms that are 4 feet off the water.

Styburski said having water levels well-below average is an inconvenience for boaters attempting to get in and out of their boats.

“It’s a good jump to get down to your boat,” he said.

Styburski said it is not a cheap fix to correct the problem.

“We’re looking at spending a significant amount,” he said. “It’s not a cure-all, as the floating docks are a lot better.”

The marina has a limited number of floating docks. They are a platform or ramp supported by pontoons, and usually held in place by vertical poles.

“We have our in-out service as a floating dock, so it’s not impacted by the water levels,” Styburski said.

Styburski said he's looked at outfitting the entire marina operation with floating docks. But he said they've been working for seven years to get the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“We can’t seem to get their approval,” Styburski said.

In addition to Barrett’s, Styburski noted that there would be some dredging work at North Shore Marina in response to the low water levels.

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