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Lower gas prices means more 4-State boating

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Gas prices are slowly falling in the Four States and across the country and that's good news going into summer.  But Four State drivers aren't the only ones getting some relief at the pump.

With summer also comes a lot of boating and for boat owners prices at the pump are typically higher than what they are to fill up a car.

So, this drop in price is helping to fuel a water traffic increase in Grove, Oklahoma with boats out in abundance on Grand Lake.

It's a form of leisure that also requires a lot of fueling up.

Boat fuel prices at the Honey Creek Landing stand at $4.12 a gallon on Friday, a significant drop from what they were three weeks ago.

"In recent weeks, they've come down about 20 cents from a high of a few weeks ago, which certainly encourages people to come out and do some boating," says Honey Creek Landing co owner Pete Norwood.

One boat owner says it seems gas prices usually go up right before summer hits and she was relieved to see that was not the case this time around.

"This year's been different, they all thought gas prices would be $4 or $5 and it's a lot cheaper so I think it makes us more anxious to get out there and enjoy the weather and enjoy the nice weather," says boat owner Heidi Oaks.

According to a petroleum expert we spoke with earlier gas prices in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are all about 30 cents cheaper than what they were at this time last year.

The owner of a marina we spoke with says the fall in gas prices does play a role in the amount of traffic they've already seen, but what's really key is the great weather we've had.

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