Lake Berryessa boat rental business reopens after forest fire, COVID

A few days after the fire destroyed the business, friends, family and employees began to rebuild.

NAPA COUNTY, California – Chad Frazier’s family have managed the Markley Cove Marina and Lake Berryessa Watersports Rental since 1955.

“When the stay-at-home orders were lifted last summer, we prepared for the best season ever as more and more people looked for local places to recreate,” said Frazier. “We were full seven days a week.”

Then the fire at the LNU complex struck, tearing the hills surrounding the lake, leveling the marina and destroying the entire fleet of boats and cabins.

The LNU compound fire burned in five northern California counties from late August to October 2020. Six people died in the blaze and more than 1,500 structures were destroyed or damaged.

“If you think about it, we were a whole village, [had] our own system of freshwater production, wastewater treatment and housing, ”said Frazier. “It was all destroyed.

A few days after the fire, friends, family and employees began to rebuild. Now, less than a year later, they are reopening and hoping for a thriving comeback season this summer.

“We’re very grateful for the timing, in that California should reopen completely, just like us,” Frazier said.

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