Announcement | April 18, 2021
Here we go again folks [deep sigh]. Hold on for the next ride of 2021.
The dark cloud has re-emerged around Paudash Lake Marina and all other marinas for that matter within Ontario. With the rapid surge of Covid-19 cases causing an announcement from the Government of Ontario, we have been given notice that effective immediately we are no longer permitted to promote recreational boating. What does that mean?
With these new restrictions, we are currently permitted to do the following:
- Repair and service boats and watercraft with contactless drop-off and pick-up.
- Enable water access customers to reach their place of residence/property.
- Remove and ready boats from storage to be trailered off-site.
- Retail marine parts & accessories, grocery, hardware and plumbing items.
- Refill propane tanks and jerry cans, provide fuel for automobiles and supply aviation fuel.
What we cannot do until further notice:
- Provide fuel for recreational boating (with the exception of water access customers and the last point above).
- Launch boats for recreational boating – Ultimately, if you can access your cottage by road, you don’t meet the criteria to have your boat launched.
- Our boat launch is temporarily closed to the public.
For customers that have already requested their boat(s) which are on trailers from storage, you can trailer them away yourself, otherwise, if we are required to launch it, you will need to wait until the stay at home order is lifted - hopefully on May 20th, 2021.
Customers that do not have trailers and have already contacted us to have their boat(s) before the May long-weekend, we will endeavor to get them ready and launched once given the go-ahead from the Government.
Please understand that we have limited overflow dockage available for road access customers without trailers and as a result, we will not be able to satisfy everyone immediately once the restrictions are lifted. Kindly allow us some time and we will get you back onto the water.
This is certainly not the news PLM or any other marina wanted to hear, especially during one of the busiest times of our season. Like so many other business that have been shuttered on and off throughout the last year, it is now our turn to feel the frustration.
Regardless of how [insert expletive] frustrated we are feeling today, we will do what has been asked and what needs to be done to get us all back on track to enjoying what summer at the lake should be.
Unlike last summer, Paudash Lake and the surrounding area is no longer a safe refuge. Unfortunately Covid-19 has made its way into the local community and we must all act responsibly to protect one another.
We continue to ask for your patience and understanding while we get through these relentless rough waters.
Please continue to spread kindness not Covid.
Tyleen & Rod
Announcement | April 8, 2021
It’s pretty unbelievable that it has almost been a year (April 10th) when we made our first COVID-19 announcement surrounding the uncertainty of what we could and couldn’t do as a marina.
To say that last spring was stressful is an understatement … we (I) still have night sweats over the whole thing. 2020 was by far the worst delayed start Paudash Lake Marina has ever experienced. It left many owners waiting much longer than normal to receive their boat(s). We know many of you were frustrated – believe me, we were too.
Despite the current situation within the province, we are hopeful that this spring start-up will be a much smoother ride than last. We now have a year under our belt, a better idea of what worked last season and we will tweak the things that didn’t.
First things first, we are currently in the process of repairing and putting our docks back into the water. Once the docks are in, our main priority will be the launching of our water access customers’ then mainland boat requests (with a minimum of 2-weeks’ notice) to follow.
We understand that the COVID travel restrictions may hinder your summer plans. We would like to reiterate what was mentioned in our spring newsletter that was sent out to our storage & dockage customers. The customary summer storage fee for boats that are left in storage for the 2021 summer season will be waived for all of our storage customers. If you think you’re not going to have time for the boat this season – don’t worry, it can stay where it is!
As was the case last spring, the general store will remain closed until Friday June 25th. Please bring all items necessary to get you through your stay.
It should be easy-peasy now that we’ve had a year (sigh) of practice. Here is a refresher of what we would like everyone to follow while on the property – Yes, even if you have had your vaccine!!!
- Please DO NOT enter the shop work area. We will come to you.
- Keep at least 2 Great Dane lengths from other customers and staff. We’ve recently added a third Dane to the PLM team, so there are plenty wandering around if you require a visual.
- If you are unable to properly distance, please wear a mask. This season, we have available for purchase Paudash Lake lumberjack plaid masks as well as matching bandanas for your furry friends … I know we all have that one friend, but I’m referring to your pets!
- Sanitizer is available in multiple locations. Please use it, especially if you just peed in the bush – you know who you are.
- One vehicle at a time using the launch.
- One family at a time on the docks while loading and unloading.
- When visiting for fuel, please tie up with the fuel cap on the dock side or lift the portable tanks onto the dock - we know this was tricky and confusing for the first few visits last season, but by the end of the summer most (not all) of you had it mastered! This procedure keeps our staff as well as your family safe from us having to touch and climb through your boat.
- We are limiting the number of boats on the gas dock requiring fuel to two at a time. Please DO NOT PARK where the pylons are.
- Customers will be asked to leave the boat and go a safe distance from the fuel attendant while fueling.
- Please have ropes with your boat so you can do the above step.
- If we holler at you to move away or wait your turn it’s normally out of kindness!
Last summer at PLM, we were extremely fortunate with our safety measures in place to stay healthy and operate. This season our goal is the exact same thing, to keep our family safe so we can continue to be here for your family.
We look forward to seeing everyone with their new dogs 😉 in the weeks and months ahead!
Tyleen & Rod
Located on a quiet bay where Upper and Lower Paudash Lake meet; Paudash Lake Marina has been a family owned and operated business since 1972. Bill & Joan Ackerman built and operated the marina from 1972-1992 when it was then purchased by Des & Laraine Noblett who continued to successfully run it from 1992-2009. Current owners Tyleen & Rod Copland assumed ownership in 2009 after the retirement of Tyleen’s parents.
Proud Winner of the 2011
Service Excellence Award
for North Hastings