Washington County VA

Boaters hoping for one more weekend on the lake

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - "Sun, no clouds," is all Doug Sams, the owner of Rockingham Mariana in Gray, wants. 

That's the kind of weather Sams and many others like on a day at Boone Lake. "It really depends on the weather. Boating is a weather-dependent sport," he said. "Labor Day weekend, for whatever reason, is very popular," adds Sams.

He knows that if the weather is right the people will come. "The window, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. is the most crowded time on lake on a pretty day," says Sams.

But a summer thunderstorm change plans fast. "Storms make some people really nervous. So today with the advent of the internet, people are getting on the internet. If they see yellow and red they're going to stay home," Sams adds.

"The lake is all about getting out here with your friends just relaxing and enjoying yourself. Spend a little time in the water. Spend a lot of time on the water," says boater Dale Strother.

Strother was up early Saturday morning at the lake to soak it up before the weather takes a turn for good. "As long as it's halfway decent so you are not having to bundle up. Most of the boaters are going to try to get especially as you get to the end of the summer. It's like you're counting the days," adds Strother.

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