APACHE LAKE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Owners of the Apache Lake Marina and Resort are blaming fire and flooding for their closure.
This summer, they saw both.
"The whole situation has been pretty out of our control," said Michael Schuster, one of the owners.
Normal, it takes about an hour and a half to get to the marina at Apache Lake. But because a portion of the Apache Trail is closed, it takes drivers about three hours.
"The flood was kind of the, I don't want to say nail in the coffin but, one of the probably more detrimental," said Schuster.
The marina had to close for six weeks because of the Woodbury Fire and how close it got. The Apache Trail reopened for about a month, but then a flash flood washed the dirt road away in September, closing the 14-mile stretch and forcing would-be customers to take roundabout ways to the marina.
"I would say we had a decrease by at least 50%," said Schuster.
The 88-acre property is now listed for $1.9 million. The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed that stretch of Apache Trail indefinitely. The Schusters said they had no other choice.
"I think just with the unfortunate events and everything that’s happened this summer, we did everything we could. I just think Mother Nature is kind of difficult sometimes," said Schuster.
The marina and resort will close the doors on Sunday at 5 p.m.
ADOT sent Arizona's Family the following statement:
"An unpaved stretch of SR 88 remains closed indefinitely between milepost 214 east of Tortilla Flat and milepost 228, just west of the turnoff to Apache Lake. This is due to extensive flood damage that occurred in late September when hurricane remnants dumped heavy rain in the Woodbury Fire burn scar. Since early October, motorists have been able to access Apache Lake by taking SR 188 either from US 60 or SR 87 and taking SR 88 west. High clearance vehicles are recommended on this unpaved section of SR 88.
Motorists can access Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat using SR 88 from Apache Junction. This is a paved segment of the highway.
As we examine options for the section of SR 88 that remains closed, we must take into account the continuing potential for runoff from the Woodbury Fire scar to cause similar damage and endanger motorists until new vegetation can stabilize the surface."