Ginger Cansler-Taunton, who operates the marina, said a lot of work has been done on the marina since its current ownership took over on April 1, 2016, with the store being completely rebuilt. When the marina was purchased, it was still sitting on its original styrofoam floats from the early 1970s, which she said were so saturated with water that they couldn’t be lifted out of the lake — the store was actually sinking at the time, which caused leaking — so the marina had to be pushed onto dry land with boats. The marina has seen several upgrades since then, and she said a heated dock also is under consideration for future plans.
“We’re starting our fourth season,” Cansler-Taunton said. “There was so much that needed to be done, the marina really was in such disrepair. We’re doing a little at a time each season, just trying to catch up. (A heated dock) is something that we’re talking about doing eventually, but right now we’re just trying to get the infrastructure fixed. We’re hoping to do a lot more upgrades, but we’re waiting on an OK from the Corps of Engineers.”
On April 20, the marina will host its Sell Your Own Boat Show, where patrons can bring in their boat to sell right at the marina. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and food and drinks will be available.
“What we’re doing there is, if you’ve got a boat you want to sell, you can bring it and put it in the water, you can put it in one of our slips or tie it up to the store or something,” Cansler-Taunton said. “We’re hoping that we get so many boats that we’ll have to tie them up to the store and everywhere else. ...
“If you’ve got a boat you want to sell, you can bring it there and you can sell it there. We’re advertising, doing all the promotion and stuff like that. Of course, we take a small percentage from selling them there, because we have to pay the Corps of Engineers a percentage anyway for any money made there.”
To register to sell a boat, call the marina at (620) 767-5924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the year, make, model, size and type of both the boat and the motor and a brief description (75 words or less), as well as your name, address and phone number. A good, recent photo of the boat also will be needed for advertising and promotional purposes.
Youth Aquatic Education Day
The following week, the marina will host its third annual Youth Aquatic Education Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27.
The event is free to kids of all ages and will include stations on several outdoors-themed activities, including casting, jig tying, boat and water safety and other topics. There will be prizes and giveaways during the event, which is sponsored by Fishing’s Future, KDWPT Fish KS, the What’s in Outdoors Fund and KVOE radio station, based out of Emporia.
For more information on the Youth Aquatic Education Day, contact KVOE radio host Phil Taunton at (620) 794-5373.
For information about other upcoming events, check out the marina’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/councilgrovemarina/.
Cansler-Taunton said some of the other tentative upcoming events at the Council Grove Marina include the following:
• The marina will host a mushroom hunting seminar and field trip by Tom “The Mushroom King” Weipert from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6. Cost for that event is $15.
• On April 25, Rudy and the Lost Boys will play a live music show.
• The marina will host a monthly boat ride during the second Saturday of each month to teach patrons the history of the lake.
• The first Friday of each month, the marina will host a Pitch card game night, while the third Friday of each month will be a Bunco game night.
• On June 1, there will be a Hobie Cat catfishing tournament.
• Beginning at 8 a.m. July 20, there will a kayaking event on the lake.
• On July 27 and Sept. 21, there will be either live music or a cowboy poet.
• The marina will host karaoke events from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 and Sept. 7.