WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - With spring behind him, Madam Carroll owner Tom Heckard said he's looking forward to business picking up.
"We're definitely looking forward to the summer. This weather brings more people to the lake, more people on the boat," Heckard said.
Heckard said the last few weeks have been slow for the Queen of Lake Freeman.
"It's been kind of a slow start to the year so far. It's been kind of cold and damp," the owner said.
The same story can be told about business at the Sportsman Inn.
"It's all about the weather. It rained a lot on Saturdays," Sportsman Inn manager George Wade said. "A couple of years ago it was like this, and it just seemed like last year was so early getting started, that this year people were getting started and I think they got a little down because the weather was late."
Wade said they've seen fewer boats than normal at their dock. Wade said he hopes with summer finally here that will all change. Plenty of sunshine on the first day of summer brought high hopes for businesses on Lake Freeman.
"We're expecting a big season," Wade said. "I would say because people have held out so long, it's going to be really packed for the next few weeks."
Business aside Heckard said he's ready to enjoy the summer on the lake.
"There is one boat I'd like to see on the water," Heckard said. "It's my boat that I have in my barn at home, but I don't have time to get it out."
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