By Kim Cameron
New concessionaires are taking the helm of the Wolford Campground and Marina on May 1.
Following in the footsteps of Jeff and Sara Miller who were the concessionaires for nearly 20 years, Kristin and Doug Prewitt will take on the myriad of responsibilities that keep the campground and marina a favorite among campers, fishermen, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts.
This summer the couple will be assisted by their family, Brittany and Brian Klotz, and Andrew Klotz.
The family is no stranger to the Kremmling area. In 1999, they moved here, partly for the West Grand sports program. Doug admits this was a draw for them while raising their three sons.
Also growing up in Hayden, Kristin says she always liked West Grand and the location was perfect for their plumbing and electrical businesses. Kremmling is a central location to Steamboat Springs, Vail communities, Summit County and East Grand.
It’s this easy access to surrounding communities that also make Wolford an attractive get-away for locals and nearby counties. Kristin says even though there is uncertainty amidst current
safer-at-home guidelines, Wolford is still taking reservations, and she is happily anticipating her summer stay at the reservoir.
“We are looking forward to this. I am absolutely thrilled with our clientele. There is definitely a reason they are called happy campers,” she laughs.
“I am moving the camper out there and I am going to live there for the summer. There will be a lot of OJT (on the job training),” she admits.
Currently, the marina has 40 boat slips for those with their own boats, and for those without their own boat, the marina offers pontoon and fishing boat rentals. This summer, Doug and Kristin will add paddle boards to the line-up and possibly a canoe.
They will also be expanding concession items. The marina shack will now stock more fishing gear, fishing bait, snacks, drinks, firewood, ice and incidentals a camper might need such as tarps.
“Our first summer we will be learning the ropes,” says Doug of their new venture and deciding what supplies to have on hand.
In the meantime, the couple are happy to promote what Kristin describes “as a well-kept secret” and encourages locals to buy a season pass and take advantage of the 10% locals’ discount.
This year the Colorado River District raised rates to $10 for a daily pass and $100 for a season pass ($90 for locals, veterans and senior citizens).
“It had been 12 years since the Colorado River District had a rate increase,” says Kristin
who assures the Wolford campground and marina is well worth it with its expanded and improved swim beach, warm waters, playground and more.
“It’s well-kept and clean,” she says of the facilities.
Doug also emphasizes safety precautions to keep the reservoir free of mussels and other invasive species, “We are now trained for ANS (Aquatic Nuisance Species) inspections and any boat with a motor needs to be inspected.”
For those who just want to fish, he suggests accessing the reservoir from the dam side which is free (but don’t forget your fishing license). Interestingly, Kristin also highlights the geological features of Wolford mountain. “The rock face is iconic and uniquely Wolford.” She says of the thrust fault that formed during the late Cretaceous period approximately 90 million years ago.
She hopes to share her enthusiasm for Wolford’s geological history and use this unique
feature to help brand Wolford.
She also hopes to call attention to all the Kremmling area has to offer. As the campground and marina website is more fully developed and refined, she hopes to promote local businesses and attractions, such as the ammonite site, local dude ranches, rafting companies and more.
To learn more visit, wolfordcampground.com or call 970-724-1266.