July is here, school is out, boats are in the water and High Rock Lake recreational season is in full swing.
Recently, I visited the busiest place on earth over the July 4th holiday weekend, or so it seemed, Tamarac Marina and Restaurant, 9120 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury.
I have been here countess times, but with the holiday weekend, I saw much more than a store/local fuel stop. Perhaps owner Dan Black could rename it to Tamarac Marina & Campground, Bait Shop, Quik Mart, Karaoke Bar, Beach & Picnic Area, Pontoon Rental and Camping Supplies Super Store. The offerings are endless. How do they pack that much stuff in one location?
I ran in just for a few summers’ fun-day necessities – ice, propone and fuel for the boat (I have a gas caddy, so can go by car and pump directly into the boat). OK, I knew it would be busy, its Saturday morning in the summer AND on a holiday weekend; but I was not prepared for what I saw as I traveled across the Bringle Ferry Bridge. Six boats deep waiting to fill up at the dock fuel pump, and likely to run into the store for munchies to bring back to their vessel of choice. There were families seated at the picnic tables, a few folks fishing off the edge of the property and more hanging out on the gazebo watching the boats go by. Seats inside the restaurant were just about filled and enjoying breakfast, getting ready for the day with family and friends.
Even though it was jamming inside the store, Dan Black was in his office and he gave me a few minutes of his time, and we were joined by Sandy Mullins to chat about what Tamarac Marina means to the lake community.
“The vision for Tamarac has been a convenient High Rock Lakeside location, good food at an affordable price, especially the seafood and steaks, and to be the first place you think of for your lake recreational needs from camping and BBQ supplies, to fishing bait and tackle, or if you find out that you are in need of last minute boat registration and fishing licenses. We have it here at Tamarac,” said Black.
“Pontoon boat rentals range from half days to full weekends, and our camping sites have something for everyone, including full hook-ups to tent camping. Like any outdoor activity, weather determines visitors’ plans. Folks just need to call to reserve in advance,” continued Black.
Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days as lake enthusiast are getting ready for their weekend activities. Sundays are busy, but normally customers are stopping in for lunch, or a few groceries. “We pride ourselves on a friendly atmosphere here. Customers are valued and we treat them like friends,” commented Mullins. “That’s why Facebook is such an important tool for us, we can let folks know what the specials are; if there is a concert or fishing tournament. So, they can plan their day.”
AFTER DOCK ENTERTAINMENT
Karaoke is alive and well at Tamarac Marina on Friday nights. If you can sing like Johnny Cash, Jackson Browne, Nancy Sinatra or just want to watch and enjoy a beautiful night with entertainment, come on in. There was even an unofficial Elvis competition of sorts one night. Now, that was old-school entertainment. #BeAnOriginal
Check out Tamarac’s Facebook page for dinner specials, and special events – Tamarac Marina and Restaurant
Come enjoy what High Rock Lake has to offer. #HRLliving
The summer is at its mid-way point, there is still lots of time and activities to join including the HRL River Rats Poker Run on Saturday, July 12; the Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, July 27 and High Rock Lake Clean Sweep, Saturday, September 21 .