Headwaters Marina hopes to have ‘floating stage’ this summer

A family gets ready to enjoy a paddleboat from Headwaters Marina last summer in Grand Lake. The marina is hoping to introduce a floating stage this summer.
Sky-Hi News file photo

Captain Rick Tomkievich has fun plans for the Headwaters Marina this summer — if he can get enough employees to make it happen.

The marina has purchased a new tour boat, and Tomkievich wants to get creative with the old boat that will replaced by it. He explained over the phone Friday that he plans to take out the old boat’s seats and turn it into a floating stage.

Ideally, Tomkievich would like to book bands for the boat on Saturday nights and do a one-hour lap around Grand Lake, then park the boat at the public beach and do another hour or so of music.

That depends on if he gets enough help, though.

As of Friday, Tomkievich only has three people signed up to work at Headwaters Marina this summer, and it takes about 10 employees to fully staff the marina’s operations. He is hoping to recruit more workers with a sign-on bonus and competitive pay.

Tomkievich added that a number of musicians and businesses have already expressed interest in the floating stage. He also thinks the same boat could be used for weddings out on the lake.

“I think it will be fun too,” he said.

Headwaters Marina sits on the beach of Grand Lake and is owned and operated by the town. During the summer, the marina offers scenic lake tours and boat rentals.

Tomkievich said he’s picking up the new tour boat Thursday. The marina is aiming for a soft opening for the Memorial Day weekend.

Boating is picking up around Grand County with most boat ramps now open for the season, including the ramps on Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

Boaters should remember that motorized boats are subject to inspection.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.