Fort Riley Marina set to open April 26
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Military Families ready to get out and play this summer season can look forward to the April 26 opening of the Fort Riley Marina.
The seasonal opening has a lot to offer to the Fort Riley community, said Corby Wolf, manager, Fort Riley Marina, Outdoor Recreation Center, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The Marina is open to all active-duty Soldiers, retirees and Department of Defense cardholders and their Families.
"I think (this season) is going to be really good; I really do," Wolf said.
Families can enjoy renting equipment including fishing boats, ski boats, jet skis, kayaks, pontoon boats and more.
The most popular item from seasons past has been the pontoon boats; however, this year, the marina has a brand new deck boat, Wolf said.
The deck boat might beat the pontoon boats in popularity, said Travis Engle, recreation programmer, Outdoor Recreation Center, DFMWR.
The deck boat is basically a ski boat that fits more people on it, Wolf said.
All participants interested in renting a motorized watercraft, however, must present a military identification card and a Kansas Boater Education Card.
"We have to turn down a lot of people because they don't have that (Kansas Boater Education Card)," Wolf said.
Renters can get a card after taking a boating safety class. The class is available through the Outdoor Recreation Center. For more information about the boating safety class, call 785-239-2363.
The marina also offers 20 new primitive camping spots for Families to enjoy this season. Each campground includes a fire ring and a picnic table.
"We're kind of excited to see how … people will utilize it," Wolf said.
Four pavilions and a handicap-accessible playground also are available at the marina.
The playground is extremely nice, and each pavilion, of course, includes picnic tables and a barbecue grill, Wolf said.
Reservations are accepted for the pavilions only, he said. Everything else at the marina is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Reservations for pavilions can be made at the Outdoor Recreation Center.
"We've had people say this is the best time (they have) had all summer long, and our goal is to have people do that," Wolf said. "We see them drive in with a kind of (look of awe) on their face and when they come off the boat they have bigger smiles when they leave – that's what makes the job so good."
The marina hours of operation, weather permitting, are:
• Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Sunday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Monday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call the marina at 785-463-5253 or 785-307-3798.