Indie Ogden Outdoors: Boating Pineview Reservoir

Summer is about adventure, new beginnings and firsts and my summer was no exception.  This summer I threw out my bucket list and decided to instead, say yes to every adventure that came my way. It’s been a wild ride full of firsts including the day I got to be  the Captain of a boat. Ok, it was a tiny Bayliner, but I was the Captain nonetheless.

Before I was able to set sail I first had to acquire a boat. Because I am not Beyonce, buying a boat was out of the question so I turned to Sotrek to find a rental. Sotrek works with local businesses to make rentals easier and you can book a rental any time of day and not have to wait for the businesses to be open, this is perfect for you spontaneous night owls.  Once I was logged in and picked my boat of choice, 3 clicks later I was on my way to boat life.

Pineview was packed on the day that we chose to go out, but we managed to find an awesome spot at Cemetery Point.  At the Cemetery Point Marina, there is a nice little beach for kiddos, paddle board rentals,  jet ski rentals and on that day they had a water trampoline and slide set up for visitors. I was glad the other marinas were full because we hit the jackpot with this one.

After we stumbled onto the boat (it’s not as easy as it looks),  it was time to set sail!  We did a few laps around the reservoir to check it out before strapping on the tube and roshamboing to see who gets to go first.  It turns out, tubing is not a very extreme sport and more of a speedy ride, but still a hell of a good time.

After we were all sufficiently waterlogged we stopped the boat in a calm area and dived into the cool water, ate snacks and listened to music. This was the life, lounging on a boat, wind in our hair, eating grapes and sipping on drinks…In that moment, I was Beyonce.

If you plan on renting a boat and becoming Beyonce yourself, here are a few tips I learned from my experience.

  • Book your boat in advance, especially during July when most Utahans go on vacation.
  • Read reviews and make sure the place you rent from is reputable.
  • Be prepared to stop at a couple marinas, they fill up fast.
  • Bring cash! Marinas charge a fee and most places did not accept cards.
  • Pack lot so of water and snacks. Swimming is exhausting and dehydration is no fun.
  • Go later in the day. Getting an early start is great, but that is when it is most packed, go later and enjoy the sunset and late afternoon cooler temps.
  • Wear a life vest in water at all times, even if you are a great swimmer there are real dangers involved when lots of boats and jet skis are on the water.
  • Go with the flow. Finding a spot, getting the boat on and off water, crowds and the hangires…it’s all going to happen. Just roll with the punches and remember, you are about to be Beyonce!

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.