By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Whether you make your way by boat or car, be sure and check out Lawrence Lake Marina in Brownsville.
Located at 8995 Lawrence Lane, the establishment has so much to offer.
Kim and Jeannie Benson bought the business in 2010 and have made several changes.
“We’ve remodeled the inside, added a deck and a tiki bar,” said owner Kim Benson. “We’ve owned it now for four winters and this is our fourth summer.”
Benson and his staff are open seven days a week during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 8 a.m. until dusk.
During the winter they are also open seven days a week.
There are several appetizers on the menu, onion rings, cheese curds, poppers, among others. Lawrence Lake Marina also offers 1/2 pound burger baskets, french fries.
“We have your basic variety of burgers,” noted Benson. “From mushroom and swiss, California, black and blue, bacon cheeseburgers. We’ve got something for anyone’s taste.”
The “Bone Fish” sandwich is the signature sandwich at Lawrence Lake.
“It is a premium cod filet sandwich,” said Benson.
There are also chicken strips, hot dogs, salads and wraps.
On Friday night guests pack the house and enjoy their Friday night steak fry.
“We serve a choice cut boneless ribeye or a choice cut 8-9 ounce tenderlion,” said Benson. “It comes with a potatoe, salad and Texas toast.”
Lawrence Lake has several grills set up for guests to grill their own steaks.
“That begins at 4:30,” noted Benson.
Boat on in
“We have a number of transgient boat slips on the river,” said Benson. “Sheldon Johnson, who is our right hand man, works Friday, Saturday and Sunday helping guests park their boats.”
The Marina also offers live music from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Live music is also offered on Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day (also from 3 to 6 p.m.).
“This year we’ve added three bands,” noted Benson.
Sean O and 3 Play, The Joe Cody Band and Simon Sezz are three new local area performers who provide entertainment at Lawrence Lake Marina.
Of course the bait and tackle shop remains open for all of your tackle needs.
You can stop in and pick up gas, pop, chips and other snacks at the marina as well.
Benson, who is originally from Preston, was the former owner of the Reds IGA in Spring Grove.
“When we sold that we always liked to boat and camp on Wildcat Landing here,” said Benson. “We’ve loved boating our whole lives so this just made sense for us to purchase.”
From the point of full freeze, Lawrence Lake Marina is open all winter.
“We do three tournaments,” said Benson. “Basically one each month.”
The first weekend in March, Lawrence Lake Marina also does a fishing tournament for the kids.
“That is becomming more and more popular,” said Benson.
He noted that this year they had 137 fishers.
“We give away fishing rods to all the kids, tackle, that kind of stuff,” said Benson.
Benson said DNR officials, members of the Bronwsville Fire and Rescue and others are all part of the early March event.
“We do it for the kids,” he said.
This weekend, after you’ve had some fun during Brownsville Days, stop over at Lawrence Lake Marina and enjoy some good food, good fun and good friends.