Decided to go out on the water with my sister and meet up with some friends on the creek. I have my own kayaks so we were just going to launch from there. Upon arriving I told the parking attendant exactly what I was doing. He said ok and told me where to go and what to do. All seemed well until I pull out and get on the road. All of the sudden a guy who I’m pretty sure was the owner comes out running and yelling at the top of his lungs "Where are you going?" I politely pull in and tell him the same thing I told the parking attendant. After he created a big scene, all seemed well again. I drive 4 miles out and park my truck and come back to John's to launch. After getting out on the water, I don’t make it even 10 ft and he the same guy comes running down hill making a scene. He says that now he needs to charge a launching fee since I’ll be walking across his property. I asked him why he didn’t say anything to me when we first talked. I said that I realize that he is a small business and needs to make money but I wasn’t using anything of his and would even go launch across the street at the park so I wouldn’t use one of his parking spots. His reply was that since I walked across his land he has to charge me. I even told him how I’ve been there before without any issues and how I’ve brought friends and family there in the past which they've rented from him. He was insistent in collecting the "access fee". Instead of arguing with him creating an even bigger scene I went up and paid the trolls toll. What bothers me is the unprofessionalism and scene he demonstrated in front of everyone. Nowhere on his website is there listed an "access fee" and after I told him what I was doing, he sent me on my way and then comes at with a fee for walking onto his property. This is not how you do business. I’ve rented from him twice last year where money came out of my bank account. Every August we get together with 6-10 people in which we rent 4-8 kayaks, needless to say I will make sure that doesn’t happen. 4-8 kayaks at $20 a pop is $80-$160 that he will be missing this year. I guessing he is hard up for money and I hope the access fee was worth all the money he would have made in years to come. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.
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