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Lower Gas Prices Draw More Boaters to Grand Lake

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 An estimated 34.7 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to AAA. And gas prices are lower than average. Plenty in the four state area will be heading down to Grand Lake, Oklahoma for their last weekend of summer. But how much will it cost them ?


Ralph Wilkin of Arkansas has his boat docked for now, but he doesn't plan on keeping his boat here for long.


"It's a great, relaxing time just to get away and hang out. We have a beautiful view and we enjoy it very much." Wilkin says.


He and his family are one of hundreds that plan to hit the waters of grand lake this labor day weekend, which will require some fuel for the boats tank.

According to AAA's fuel gauge report, the average price per gallon of gasoline in Missouri is $3.23.

In Kansas and Oklahoma, it is $3.29.  


Prices can be a little higher on the lake because of convenience.


"If you've got a boat in your garage or your driveway, you've already made a sizable investment in that. And you've determined that you want boating to be a part of your life. And that was a decision that was made way before the prices of gasoline were ever established." Pete Norwood, Manager of Honey Creek Marina explains.


At Honey Creek Marina, the price per gallon is a little higher sitting at $4.19.

But according to Norwood...that price won't stop boaters anytime soon. At Honey Creek, higher fuel prices are due to fuel containing no ethanol, which is more expensive. The higher-cost fuel prevents damage to a boat's fuel pump.


"It's a family thing. And a few gallons of gasoline isn't going to affect them." he says.


How much it costs to fill up could vary based on boat size and the driver.


"The determination of how often that you need to fill that thing up is where you keep the pedal. If you keep the pedal to the metal, you need to fill up more often." Norwood explains


Wilkin says there are perks to having a big boat versus a smaller one.. A bigger tank.


"The first time I filled this boat up it cost me 750 dollars. And that just about ran us one summer. We might have had to put a few gallons in it, but not much." Wilkin says.


Which means more time on the open water.


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