I have been on a waiting list to for keeping a boat at Marsh Creek since 1998. Every year I faitfully call the office around this time to see if a spot has opened for me and every year it does not happen. Today I get a letter for the DNR at the lake and I think - wow, maybe I finally got a spot...woo hoo! Yeah, no...the letter said that, effective this year, I would need to pay a $15.00 fee to be on the waiting list for each of the three different mooring/lakeside storage options. That's right... a total of $45.00 for the priviledge to be on a waiting list...one that is arguably miles long, based on my fruitless 15 year loyal and patient wait. That is a tragic and sad state of affairs, to say the least. I would have no problem paying to keep my boat there. I would even be ok if the "waiting list fee" was refundable. To pay for something that may not happen - likely in the foreseable furture for sure, is just ridiculous. Fail.
It certainly was cut down by 1 person at least! They will only say that they can't say anything until after the last letter goes out (in March) and then only after they see how many renew ( I suspect most will). Pfft....
Post by Marsh Creek on Mar 1, 2012 21:11:11 GMT -5
Hi there all the list had over 800 people on it when this purge was made. Marsh Creek and French Creek were the last to parks in the state to be put on the waiting list system. The system has worked great in many other parks. so far over 400 people have been removed from the list due to death and moving away. Last year at the end of the summer 4 spots were never filled due to moving through close 2 30 people on the list and no one was ever interested in the spots that were open. We would have to wait for week for there reply and all that wasted time meant people were not able to get to those spots. It is annoying i understand but this will make the list much faster and get rid of such a long list.
Post by Marsh Creek on Mar 1, 2012 21:14:12 GMT -5
Also we are adding more rack area, looking at adding more shoreline area ( running out of space) and adding winter dry storage. We only have so much room and the lake is extremely popular we are working on managing mooring as effective as possible any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
There was talk at one time, years ago, of possibly putting a third ramp off of Milford Rd. Why not put a boat launch, parking and mooring on the large chunk of unused land there. A stone parking lot and launch would suffice, and restrict it to canoes, kayaks, and cartopped boats, no trailers, hand launching only. There is also plenty of room to moor boats there. This would help relieve some of the pressure off the other ramps during busy summer days. Add a porta potty and couple of picnic tables (and there is still remnents of the old road going right to the lake). Voila Of course there is always a problem with $$$$ ;D
***Ken Gordon***Gordon's Sports Supply Inc. Rt. 100 Eagle Pa***
If there were open slots last year I was never contacted. I can sort of understand the reasoning but again I had been on a waiting list since 1998...patiently waiting (and then some). I am not about to pony up $45.00 that doens't even apply to the dockage/storage fee just to continue to be on a waiting list. Seriously, I cannot imagine anyone who values a hard earned dollar doing that. I understand driving down the list but seems a bit like pay to play politics.
We had to do this the whole state has. The list used to literally be a piece of paper with 800 names on it. It is now on computer through the reserve pa system. This costs money but makes the system faster information is kept current and takes any dishonesty out of the system. The computer says who is next on the list and you have to give it to that person. The list was huge because 1 person would be on the list 4 times or non serious people would be on the list. People were given spots they pay for it but then they cant afford a boat so the spot sat unused. The old system was not effective and did not work. The new system cost money and all extra money goes back into mooring in the park to add new and updated mooring areas. This is how it will be done from now on and it will work much smoother. I am sorry you never got your spot but this was the only way to streamline this system and make it work for everyone.
We had to do this the whole state has. The list used to literally be a piece of paper with 800 names on it... I am sorry you never got your spot but this was the only way to streamline this system and make it work for everyone.
The last time I was there I recall seeing several spots available on the west launch. I had registered in 2008 or '09 but I somehow lost my spot when the new system was implemented - no call or note