Boat rental in East Texas sees few customers due to high gas prices ahead of Memorial Day weekend

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LAKE PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) – Drivers weren’t the only ones paying high prices at the pumps, this Memorial Day weekend people will take their boats out on the lake, however, with the cost of fuel , there may not be so much out there.

High fuel prices have hit boat rental companies hard and have forced some owners, like Michael Case, to stop bundling fuel and rental prices.

Case has been offering boat rentals at Lake Palestine Resort since 2019 and his business was growing until gas prices soared.

“When I started in 2019, we were sitting around $1.50,” Case said. “Now we’re sitting at $5.70 for the price of fuel here. It’s a huge burden when you have an operation like a boat rental because we use quite a bit of fuel for every boat, every day.

Now Case customers have been asking for shorter rentals, which is affecting the way he runs his business.

“When we have four-hour rentals, it removes slots that could have been extended,” Case added.

Case even had to raise prices to account for higher fuel costs.

Even with higher gas prices, Lake Palestine Resort will still be expecting around 100 people or more for Memorial Day weekend.

“It will be a busy time,” said Micah Wolfe, General Manager of Lake Palestine Resort. “We expect 100 to 150 people to be here this weekend. Everything is full.

Most people who visit Lake Palestine Resort won’t let fuel prices get to them.

“Fuel sales are up for a number of reasons,” Wolfe added. “One, we’re the cheapest on the water, which helps and two, our ramp traffic is much higher this year than it was last year.”

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