High Gas Prices aren't Keeping Boaters from the Lake

The summer travel season is just around the corner, but will travel be affected by gas prices again this year? AAA officials say yes. In a recent survey, half of those polled told AAA the pinch at the pump is making them rethink they'r travel plans and for boaters that could mean dropping anchor closer to home.

Cloudy skies and a few sprikles may have kept some boaters from filling the water at Lake Arrowhead. But gray skies didn't stop Mark Adams and his family, neither did the price to fill up their new boat.

"You can't stop it so why interfere your life you know? Let's go have some fun," said Adams.

So the Adams set sail, dog and all, to enjoy a day at the lake. While the high gas prices haven't stopped this family from spending the day on the water, fuel costs did determines what lake to visit.

"Ain't going to keep people from these lakes you know?," said Adams. "It's going to stay locally more you are probably looking at a 50 mile radius maybe for the biggest part of us."

And staying local is exactly what Jim Grissom does as well, despite the low cost of fuel for his boat.

"This little motor gets me about three months to the gallon," said Grissom.

Though his wallet isn't taking a hit Sunday, Grissom says after a recent fishing trip to Lake Alan Henry, he understands how a high fuel bill could keep some boaters in dry dock.

"The drive down there is like three hours and about $150 worth of diesel in my buddy truck and his boat holds about 60 gallons of gas and that's another 150 for that," said Grissom.

But on his last day of vacation, this Wichita Falls man says there's more important things to focus on like which bait to use to catch that record bass.

Park officials at Lake Arrowhead says since the weather warmed up the lake and campgrounds have been full every weekend.

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