Now that the temps are heating up Willard Bay State Park is the place to be for boaters, water skiers and fishermen, but all that activity is still restricted to the south side of the bay.
Lt. Eric Stucki with Utah State Parks explained, "That beach area on the north is closed. It’s a small percentage of water that's closed, but the beach is closed."
The north beach is near where some 20,000 gallons of Chevron diesel fuel spilled back in mid-March. Chevron is still cleaning up and the Division of Water Quality is waiting on water and soil samples. They want to make sure all traceable diesel is removed before the marina is opened back up.
Lt. Stucki said, "Right now we're waiting for soil and water samples back middle of July, so we won't have word till middle of July when we're opening."
The state park is missing out on the revenue they get from the boaters and campers who like to visit the north marina, but they're expecting to get reimbursed by chevron. What they’re losing are those long-time visitors.
"What really hurts is the reputation,” explains Lt. Stucki. “Folks that have always done that, we hope they will give us a break and understand it's not our fault."