Josh Johnson, an Idaho Falls resident and avid Redfish Lake camper, has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Redfish Lake Lodge to rebuild its marina.
The marina, built in 2001, was apparently the victim of a weather event that shifted the whole structure and tore it off of its pilings sometime in February. The entire structure had to be removed, lodge manager Jeff Clegg said earlier this week.
A regular visitor to the Central Idaho lake for decades, Johnson even has a family connection: Relatives of his grandfather owned the lodge for a while until they sold it around 1974.
He set up his fundraising page on his own initiative, not as an official effort by the lodge. (Clegg earlier this week specifically stated he didn’t plan to launch a fundraiser.)
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The page launched Thursday. As of Friday morning, it had nearly $2,000 in donations of a $100,000 goal.
Clegg said Tuesday that replacing the marina may cost at least $200,000.
“The goal I put there was very random,” Johnson said Friday. But even if he doesn’t raise the full $100,000, every dollar donated will still go to help with the costs — minus a 5 percent fee from the website, he said.
At the start of this week, Clegg was still debating whether to replace the marina and connected docks, and if so, whether they should be built as floating docks this time instead. Wednesday, the lodge’s Facebook page announced that the docks will be rebuilt “the way they were.”
Clegg could not immediately reached for comment Friday.
Johnson said he’ll keep the fundraiser live until the new marina is completed.
To donate to the cause, visit this link.