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Squaw Creek Inn owners offer to help at East Park
Before the Colusa County Board of Supervisors approved the issuance of a license to sell alcoholic beverages at Squaw Creek Enterprises in Stonyford on Oct. 22, it received a generous offer from David and Chris Johnson, who are the new owners of Squaw Creek Inn.
"Now that Colusa County has taken over (operation of the East Park Reservoir), we would make ourselves available to collect fees at the campgrounds, to do trash clean-up, to do monitoring at the lake — whatever is needed up there — because we're going to be right there as you drive in and we have people up there that can go through and do whatever services are necessary," David Johnson said.
"Thank you, guys, for taking on that. I know that doing a small business is very difficult," Supervisor Kim Vann said.
"He's a great guy. He has experience with this sort of stuff. They've been coming up here forever, and have tried to pick up the pieces and get this going again. They're trying to get the lake running like we know it can. I had a good long talk with him recently, and there are certain things we talked about that I think he can help us with," Supervisor Gary Evans said on Saturday.
The store at Squaw Creek Inn reopened in July after closing in April. The Johnsons are an Antioch couple who have been visiting the lake for 40 years, and run a couple of marinas, including one in Stockton.
"We obviously didn't have everything in place that we would have liked to (at that time), but we got it going. We've had so much support from the locals." David Johnson said.
Recently, when the couple heard that the reservoir might be closing, they felt it pertinent to offer any help that they could.
"When I heard what was going on, with closing the thing, it was like a punch in the gut. They did a survey of different people, and its amazing how many people from the Bay Area spend their summers up there. We can provide the manpower up there to make it work," David Johnson said on Monday.
Currently, the store at Squaw Creek Inn is open, but reopening of the bar and grill is still in the works. Now that the supervisors approved the issuance of a license to sell alcohol, that process has taken a step forward.
"We're hoping the bar and grill will be open in a month or two. We're waiting for the alcohol license to clear. We'll get the bar open first and follow that with the restaurant," David Johnson said.
"I think, for its success, we've had a lot of local support, locals wanting to know when the restaurant and bar will be open. It's very limited up there, the outlets people can go to. It goes without saying that the summer months will be the big months, but we want to provide a place for the locals to hang out for the other eight months of the year," David Johnson said.