WORTHINGTON — If you’re someone who owns a boat and doesn’t have lakefront property, a new option is available along Lake Okabena.
David Janssen is managing Lakeshore Marina, located on private property next to Ehlers Park and across the street from Lakeshore Clips and Love INC. Business got underway Memorial Day after the Worthington CIty Council approved a four-year, annual option agreement for its operation.
Janssen said Lakeshore Marina is home to six boating slips, three of which are already spoken for and have customers for this year (through Labor Day). Three remain available immediately, Janssen said.
“There’s a seasonal fee, and you have to provide your own boat lift, which is at your expense,” Janssen said. “But as a customer, you have the right to have your spot the following year — your spot is guaranteed unless you don’t want it.”
The concept of a marina is something that has been discussed before in different locations around the lake, Janssen said, but up to this point hadn’t come to fruition.
“We’re fortunate with our property owners … one of them is from town and is an investor in the community,” said Janssen, adding that the owners preferred to remain unidentified. “A lot of people have talked about this idea for years. We really wanted to create another amenity for the city and for people around the area as well.”
Janssen noted that Lakeshore Marina doesn’t repair boats or offer additional services other than merely being “a place to park your boat for the season.” Still, such places aren’t exactly plentiful in the region, as one may have to travel as far as Fairmont or Lake Shetek — without leaving Minnesota — for a similar opportunity.
“Everyone who owns a boat knows the hardest parts are loading and unloading,” Janssen said. “Now, there’s a new place for people who have boats to keep them through the summer season.”
Lakeshore Marina is just another new amenity on Lake Okabena this year, Janssen pointed out. The new Beach Nook building opened this summer and is now offering watercraft rentals, and another entrepreneur is poised to offer electric boat rentals in the coming days.
“These are other amazing entities that have been added just this year for Lake Okabena, which we all know is Worthington’s greatest asset,” he said.
While the marina is currently home to six boat slips, Janssen said there’s room to expand should his business choose to do so when considering a future renewal of its agreement with the city,
Individuals wanting more information about Lakeshore Marina may contact Jansen at 350-8182 or visiting its Facebook page.