default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Businesses compete to run Lodi Lake Boathouse

Recreation Commission seeks concessionaire to bring new services

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 am

The Lodi Lake Boathouse may soon partner with a new, private vendor. Aiming to revitalize Lodi Lake Park’s aquatic activities, the Lodi Recreation Commission decided on Tuesday to seek a concessionaire for the city-run shop.

The commission had originally planned to discuss an agreement with the Lodi-based Headwaters Kayak Shop, but interest from Sacramento’s Adventure Sports Rentals prompted staff to open up a broad request for proposals.

The boathouse will remain city property under any agreement, said Jeff Hood, director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, with the new business selling equipment — including kayaks, boats and paddle boards — and providing classes, tours and events.

A new partnership would not only bring better quality and variety to the boathouse’s selections, Hood said, which are “probably 13 to 15 years old,” but would also expand recreational opportunities.

Current kayak instruction by the boathouse is minimal, Hood said, while use of city-owned equipment is confined to Lodi Lake. A private business with no such restriction would allow use along the Mokelumne River, a popular destination for paddling and kayaking.

Commissioner Jeff Palmquist said the boathouse and park would benefit from a private business’s marketing.

“That would increase the visibility of Lodi Lake and the services we offer there,” he said. “Their success is our success and vice versa.”

As of Tuesday, the only businesses to express interest have been Headwaters and Adventure Sports, with both owners speaking at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I saw the boathouse as an important aspect of the community, and also saw it as not up to where it could be,” said Headwaters owner Dan Arbuckle, who founded the shop in 2010. “I want to see new equipment in there, adding paddle boards, paddle kayaks and fishing kayaks. I want to give people opportunities to come out and try new things.”

Arbuckle, whose shop-sponsored Lodi Paddle Club hosts social events at the lake, sees activities through the boathouse as a way to promote tourism.

“(The Mokelumne River) is really, truly a jewel,” he said. “It’s perfect for kayaks. We see the booming interest in kayaking as key for Lodi tourism, as well. We can get people to explore the wineries, maybe stay another day.”

Adventure Sports has been in the retail business for 21 years and done concessions for the past 15, with shops in Sacramento and Big Break Marina in Oakley. Owner Carl Haussman said he looked forward to submitting a concession proposal for the boathouse.

“(Lodi) is a beautiful town and it’s a beautiful facility,” he said.

Contact reporter Ed Yevelev at edy@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Popular Stories


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 187


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists