Ohio's Oldest Pontoon Dealer
On Buckeye Lake Since 1912
2012 marked Fisher's Marina turning 100 years old. This was a very big deal for Fisher's Marina and the Fisher famliy. That year we made it into PDB "Pontoon & Deck Boat" Magazine as the cover story.
Our story starts in 1912 on Buckeye Lake on a Island just off of Liebs Island at the west end of the lake. With the opening of Fisher's Beach this is how everything came to be. In 1912 Alonzo Fisher opens Fisher's Beach serving the recreational needs of the Buckeye Lake area. Fisher's Beach offered a place for people to cool off and escape in the summer time. You could rent a locker and a swimming suit for the day if you were looking to cool off in the lake. While offering a swimming hole was just one part of the business. Fisher's Beach had a small marina that was part of there daily operations. Where people could come and rent row boats and later small boats powered by outboard motors.
In 2016 Fisher's Marina was featured in "Trade Only Today" in a article written by Ben Sherwood. This was a great honor are we feel very luck to be featured in our 2nd national publication. To read the full article click the link below.
The big changes were yet to come. Starting in the 2000's Ed Fisher made some of the biggiest changes to Fisher's Marina.
In 2009 / 2010 a larger 4 bay service shop was added to the east end of the building. Then in 2011 Fisher's Marina added inside storage to our long list of services. Fisher's Marina bought land off site and built the first of three brand new storage buildings.
In the early 1980's the marina was moved out of the original building and moved over to the main island. Where it is today just off of Liebs Island. Fisher's Marina started to offer heat shrink becoming one of the first marinas in the area to do so. Wrapping boats in plastic to protect them over the winter. By 1990 Ed Fisher was running Fisher's Marina. This is when the marina really started to change into what it is known as of today. There was a larger service area added to the marina. The overall marina started to get updated. Docks were changed to allow for larger boats.
uWith the marina side of Fisher's Beach really growing. The beach side of things had for the most part gone to the way side. The building that once housed the locker rooms and bunk house for the lifeguards. Was now transformed into a full service marina by Pete Fisher. Bring on the name change to Fisher's Marina as everyone knows it today. In 1957 Pete Fisher bought the 2nd pontoon off of the Harris FloteBote. Becoming a Harris FloteBote dealer in 1957.
As times changed on the lake and the State of Ohio opened more public parks on the lake with public beachs. The swimming started to slow down at Fisher's Beach. As this happened the Marina side grew over the years. Ed Fisher ( Pete Fisher's father) started to grow the marine side more and more as the years past
As you can see Fisher's Marina is truly a family business. From the genrations of Fisher's that have grown to run the marina over the years. To the customers that become a part of the family and make everything possible
In 2013 Fisher's Marina added a new showroom, to show case our new boats. With Fisher's Marina willingness to change with the times and keep up with the changing boating world. You can be sure that we will be here for many years to come.
As Ed Fisher grew the marina throughout the 1990's. Some big changes happened. Fisher's Marina moved their customer accounts and files on to computer based systems. The marine store more than doubled in size and Fisher's Marina started stocking more & more new boats. With things changing on Buckeye Lake and becoming more of a pontoon lake. Ed Fisher focused more on what Fisher's Marina had built their business on pontoons. Making Fisher's Marina specailizing in pontoons and putting the marina years ahead of the competition. Fisher's Marina started putting high performance pontoon out on the lake before anyone else. These new pontoons gave customers a boat that could meet all their demands.
Pete Fisher built up the marina over the next 30+ years adding docks and growing the Evinrude and Harris FloteBote brands on Buckeye Lake. Fisher's Marina became known to their customer as Pete's there was even a shirt that said " I dock at Pete's". Many people to this day stop in and talk about how they bought their boat off of Pete. And have so many memories of spending summers at Fisher's Marina boating on Buckeye Lake.
As Ed Fisher grew the marina side of Fisher's Beach. He took on Evinrude Outboard motors in 1945. This was a big deal for Fisher's Beach and the Fisher family. Now people could rent a row boat and a outboard motor so they could go further by boat. Also by being a Evinrude dealer Fisher's Beach could offer their customer the option to buy their own boat and motor.