Lake Carlos Marina under new ownership
During the summer months, no matter the time of day, Mike and Jaime Jost can often be found on or near the lake.
The Josts are the new owners of Lake Carlos Marina, which is located a quarter-mile from Lake Carlos State Park. The couple also runs Hangloose MN, a company that offers wakesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and lake fitness classes.
Because they already spend so much time on the water, Mike says buying the marina and the accompanying home was a good fit.
"We've always wanted to be on the lake because we're always on the lake anyway," he said. "It just seemed to fit right into what we always do."
The marina had been on the Josts radar for a number of years, but they didn't take action until this past winter, when they decided to put their house on the market and see what happened.
"We put our house on the market and it sold a day later," Jaime said. "So then we were like, 'Now we've got to do something.'"
The Josts purchased the marina and took ownership April 1. In the time since, they've been working to update the building and make it more noticeable to lake-goers.
"We added all the flags on the docks, and that really brought attention to us," Mike said. "People will stop and say, 'I've been on the lake 20 years and never knew there was a marina here.' We've been pretty busy."
The marina offers 30 boat slips for rental, as well as pontoon rentals. The Josts will also provide wakesurfing and paddleboarding lessons.
"We do lots of wakesurfing lessons for birthday parties, reunions, work events," Mike said. "Businessmen, instead of going to golf course, will come out in the boat and learn how to wakesurf."
The couple has also made some changes to what the marina offers, such as adding more food options, iced and hot coffee and clothing.
The Jost's other venture, Hangloose MN, will be based out of the marina now. Though they will still travel to meet groups, Mike says it just makes more sense to operate out of a home base.
"We'll encourage groups to come meet us here," Mike said. "We have more opportunity to give them what they need here."
Though the Josts are still learning the ropes at the marina, they have some fun, healthy summer activities planned. They will offer paddleboard trips down the Long Prairie River, as well as clean-up days.
"We try to do a couple clean up paddles each year," Jaime said. "A group will go out with garbage bags and big nets. We hit the shorelines in a different spot every time and try to clean up."
The Josts also plan to continue their Weekend of Waves partnership with Zorbaz restaurant and bar.
"We offer free wakesurfing and teach people," Jaime said. "We get them out on the boat and it's a fun way to give back to the community. This community really supports us. We're very lucky and thankful that they do."