Boldt Castle Reopens Despite High Water Levels

Boldt Castle Reopens Despite High Water Levels

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It's docks are under water, but Boldt Castle is back open.

"It's a tremendous feeling to be able to be reopened and having visitors come to the island," Shane Sanford, director of Boldt Facilities said.

Mother's Day weekend is usually when Boldt Castle kicks off its season, but last year was such a good one for the iconic Thousand Islands attraction, management thought they'd get a head start on this one. Sanford said, it was "one of our best seasons on record and we wanted to get open a little early for visitors and we did."

Except record high waters on the St. Lawrence River put a damper on that plan. Just hours after officially opening the season the Castle was temporarily shutting back down. To work around its flooded docks, castle staff had a platform built on top of its main dock to let tourists on and off of boats safely.

However, most of the docks along the island are still under water which means small boats and big tour boats still have no where to dock.

"Large tour boats, we really don't have enough of the facility available for them at this point, but there is a manner in which to reach Boldt Castle and Visit Boldt Castle," Sanford said.

For now, Canadian tours also won't be able to stop at the island because all electricity to the customs building has to stay off. However, officials said around 240 people visited Boldt Castle Saturday, and they're just happy they can welcome tourists at all.

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