Colorado Tiki Boat offers tours on Cherry Creek Reservoir. File photo
SUBMITTED TIKI BOAT TOURS
With the arrival of warm weather, more boats are being launched onto Cherry Creek Lake. This summer, The Lake House will host 13 large Wednesday night music concerts following the weekly sailboat races.
Last season, the decorated and out-of-place Colorado Tiki Boat gave rides to park visitors and tourists. This summer there will be group cruises for birthday and graduation parties plus senior residence facility outings.
The historical tour along the shore points out Butterfly Hill where the 1993 Pope John Paul II visit attracted more than 500,000 worshipers, the largest single crowd in Colorado history.
Then the boat slowly edges the shallow protected wildlife habitat area where pelicans and seagulls gather. At the east side of the lake, it follows the route of the Smoky Hill Trail which brought thousands of early pioneers to Colorado. At the north end, the tour follows the towering rock dam that hundreds of cars drive across daily. Then there is a slow tour through the Pelican Bay Marina to see up-close a collection of out-of-place sailboats and luxury boats in the only 840-acre lake.
The bamboo and thatch decorated 28-foot pontoon boat, nicknamed The Cherry Creeky Tiki, moves slow and steady around the lake. It is often visited by admiring paddle boarders, jet skiers and power boaters hoping it is a floating bar, which it is not. Soft drinks, Goldfish crackers and Famous Amos cookies for passengers only.
For more information and photos go to www.coloradotikiboat.com.
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