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Big Water Marina On Lake Hartwell Has Big Plans For 2018
Big Water Marina has big plans for 2018
Trey and Bryan Boggs knew they were on to something the moment they decided to make a pitch for Big Water Marina in Starr. As lake lovers themselves, they saw a lot of need in Anderson County for a place where people could get some food, a drink, rent a boat, dock a boat and generally have a good time on Lake Hartwell.
After some remodeling and a lot of land clearing, the Boggs brothers opened phase one of their Big Water Marina a couple weeks before July 4. It was a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire endeavor, they said, but one that was just the beginning of a venture that is growing by the season.
"The whole thing was more than we ever thought it could be," said Bryan Boggs. "You can hope and plan, but you never know until it happens. We are still getting interest in the marina today and folks are still coming by and asking about next year."
For years, Big Water Marina was a small operation that simply served as a docking station for clients. When the Boggs brothers bought it, they saw potential for food, drinks, rentals, camping, events, entertainment and more.
This past lake season, Big Water hosted poker runs, eclipse events, July Fourth parties and more. For 2018, they expect to be able to offer event more.
"We don't want this to be a summer facility," Trey Boggs said. "We are shooting for year-round and one big way to make that happen is camping."
Trey said that the paperwork is in order to begin work on campsites very soon. There will be multiple tent sites available with work happening for RVs as well as the potential for cabins down the road.
As for food, this coming year the marina will continue to use the food trailer they purchased that was used by the Uptown Lounge in year one. It's unclear who will be serving the food, but there will be more food trucks setting up to meet the high demand for such services in 2017.
The plans for a brick-and-mortar restaurant on the site are still in effect, but will be part of phase two coming closer to 2019 and beyond.
Kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals will continue to grow, Trey said, along with the rentals of pontoon and other boats. And the demand for dock space is so much that they hope to add a few more slips to get more clients off the waiting list.
There will also be plenty of second annual events at Big Water along with the possibility of bringing big fishing tournaments to the area and to help with overflow from existing tournaments coming to Anderson County.
"Keep up with us on social media because there is a lot more to come," the brothers said.
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