Not many changes, but a few things…
Camping: Jackson County Parks is still planning on opening for camping April 15. For reservations go to their webpage.
The Restaurant & Store: As far as I know a new concessionaire to run the store and restaurant at Howard Prairie Resort has not been selected. I haven’t heard how many people, if any, have put in proposals to take over these operations. It is unclear if the County is going to lease a turnkey business or if they are going to require the new operators of the restaurant to provide their own grill, fryers, dishwasher, tables and chairs, and other equipment and furnishings.*
Lodging: They are still renting lodging, but as far as I know they have not purchased anything to lodge people in.*
Moorage: The County has begun taking reservations for boat moorage. If you previously had a season (and maybe a multi-month) moorage last year, give them a call or go to their webpage and download the form and return it to them by April 1, 2013. If you were on the waiting list I would give them a call, they plan on starting a new waiting list beginning April 1. Reservations for all non-returning customers will either begin on April 1 or April 15, I’m not sure, they give 2 different dates, one on their webpage, another on the form you can download.
Boat Rentals: There is no information available on this, but as far as I know they have not purchased any boats and motors to rent.”
* Jim and Judi Johnston are still being told that they have until March 15 to remove all their equipment from the resort–trailers/lodging, boats & motors, merchandise, restaurant equipment/furnishings and etcetera. If they do not remove it it will be considered abandoned and the County will assume ownership. This is the same as it has been for a while, I only note it here because the County, by taking the equipment, could have lodging and boats to rent soon as well as a turnkey restaurant to lease.