Posted: Feb 15, 2008 2:39 pm
I'm going to vent my fascination with that area, instead of working on a scary deadline...
Buttercup Marina is indeed the same place that Shawn rented a converted wheel boat. It was an old river tour boat, very small for such, and the owner turned it into a houseboat. If I remember correctly, it had a very slow leak that couldn't be repaired unless the owner pulled it out of the water, which he didn't want to do.
Renting a slip at Buttercup is a "who you know"/"how much of a scary fuck are you" situation, because if you call down to the marina office at 3 in the morning and tell her that you can only pay rent with a Diner's Club account, she'll tell you $495 a month, but I'm sure that can be worked down with the right combination of dubious attributes.
A floating meth lab went up next to Shawn's boat, and he had to kick it away from his while flames were shooting everywhere.
Many of Buttercup's residents have built customized floating homes - huge two-story boxes with a 25HP Mercury outboard attached to the back...and such.
The Marina is not President's Island proper; it's on McKellar Lake and you get there by taking an exit on 55, among other little routes. The island in the middle of the lake is Treasure Island, in which the population consists of lots of deer, some black bear, hunters, and perhaps some homeless outdoor enthusiasts.
...and on the other side of the lake is President's island. Martin Luther King Riverside Park is the part mentioned above. It has a small, concrete-bedded pond with an ominous blue/green color to the water.
By far the creepiest aspect of the lake is the abandoned river boats, floating casinos, and floating restaurants that are tied or grounded at various points. Some are so big that you can see them with Google satellite mapping, and when a friend of mine pulled his boat close to one, a guy with a shotgun came out of nowhere in a johnboat and told them to leave.