HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) –Even though Sportsman’s Marina is closed due to dangerous conditions, some are still willing to take a chance on the water. “River’s a little high, but we’re going to go out anyways. You don’t get much time to boat in the summertime, so, might as well make the best of it,” Derek Graves smiled.
Owner Bill Pelissier blames the constantly changing weather for the Connecticut River being so high and murky. “Most of the people going out there are not familiar with this river. I’ve been going out there for over 40 years. I’m the oldest man on the river. It’s a dangerous river. It comes up so quickly, you can get caught,” he stated.
In fact, the water has been so high that Bill is worried about it affecting the usually busy 4th of July weekend, in which case, the docks might still be empty. “I’m 85 years old. I’ve never seen a summer like this. Business has been terrible. That’s midseason to us, and we’ve still got empty stalls and so forth. We’re way off,” Pelissier shared.
Pelissier says he’s lucky to have other things going on at the marina, like college rowing, kayak & canoe sales and boat repairs, which attract customers from all over the state.
However, 6-year-old Lexi Isabelle has other plans since she can’t go out on the river. “Go to my friend’s house because they have a pool,” she smiled.
If conditions are still too rough for boating on July 4th, folks say they’re just planning on having a stationery party on the docks.
Pelissier says that the rain in the forecast for next week won’t help the river’s conditions.