Boating and Bobbers volunteers ready to get back on Sleepy Eye Lake

Deb Moldaschel
The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

After a pandemic year off, the Sleepy Eye Sportsmen's Club Boating and Bobbers crew is ready to get back out on Sleepy Eye Lake again this summer. Boating and Bobbers President Dan Hoffmann said they waited for the all clear on restrictions and are now eager to go. 

"Our boat captains and crew members are all vaccinated and ready to spend time on the lake with our guests," Hoffmann said. "We are taking reservations now. Anyone interested in scheduling a pontoon ride can call 507-766-2265."

Hoffmann said Boating and Bobbers has already heard from some of the groups who scheduled rides in past summers and want to go for a cruise and fishing trip on the lake again this year. Following the organization's meeting on Monday evening, he reported that 25 trips had already been booked for this summer.

This was the June 2019 maiden voyage for Sleepy Eye Boating and Bobbers. After a year off, the crew is ready to cruise again.

All pontoon riders wear life jackets — provided by Boating and Bobbers. The Boating and Bobbers crew members are all volunteers. They assist with boarding and exiting the pontoon, setting up fishing lines and helping bring the catch on board. Pontoon rides start from Sportsmen's Park.

The Boating and Bobbers group welcomes new volunteers—both captains (boat drivers) and mates. The group will continue to meet the third Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Sportsmen's Club meeting room at the Trap Range. Anyone who is interested in learning more about being involved is invited to attend the meetings.