Resort owners are trying to make up lost profitsDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV)-- One of the busiest boating and vacation weeks of the years is here. The 4th of July.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV)-- One of the busiest boating and vacation weeks of the years is here. The 4th of July.
But who can forget the lousy Spring weather. While it got off to a slow start, resort owners in Detroit Lakes are hoping to re-coop some of their lost profits during the summer months.
Resort owners in lake country say that it was a slow start to tourism this year with the cold spring, but now with the warm weather folks are here and they're taking a dip in the water.
Chris Holland- Mehlhaff- The Lodge on Lake Detroit: "Summer felt like it officially started two days ago the weather is 80 degrees and people are smiling and happy to be here."
It was as though Mother Nature flipped a switch.
"The phone has started to ring and things are filling up quickly."
Resort owners say the cool and damp Spring was far from ideal.
Dan Berg- Lake Crest Resort: "Spring was a little slower just getting things ready and it was kind of a panic after the ice went off."
Holland: "It was a slow start but our docks are now in we have 6 boat slips for our people to enjoy and we're finally seeing people use the boat launching area and paddle boats and kayaks."
Beaches are packed as vacationers enjoy a day at the lake, But that doesn't mean resort owners couldn't take a financial hit.
Scott and Chris Mehlaff own The Lodge on Lake Detroit, and say every year they allow for some financial wiggle room during the spring season.
Scott Mehlhaff- The Lodge on Lake Detroit: "The months of June and May can be iffy, but we like to book on July and August being good and hopefully that will be the case again this year."
Dan Berg, Owner of Lakecrest Resort, says only time will tell.
"It's that late August into September that you either make more or you don't."
If you're still looking to plan that summer vacation resort owners say they still have a few rooms left.