Saving "Maid Of The Mist" USA

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) – In a report in the Niagara Gazette, Maid of the Mist U.S.A. may be on its way out if attraction officials don’t come up with a timely plan. In order to save the attraction on this side of the falls, organizers need to build a place to store the boats by next year. Right now, park officials said that probably wouldn’t happen.

Park officials said that construction of the project is almost impossible in a reasonable timeframe. In addition to construction, there must first be numerous environmental studies done to determine where the docks could be built and how they would affect the waterway. That process could take months.

Currently, the Mist boats are stored on the Canadian side of the Falls and have been for decades. Now, Canadian officials have dropped their contract with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company, the group that runs the attractions on both sides of the Falls. They have entered into a 30-year contract with another company, which may not allow for the storage of the U.S. boats.

“I would say that it is uncertain on how this will all play out but it's our intention to operate for a long period of time,” President of the Maid of the Mist Christopher Glynn said.

Glynn and other officials also fear that building another boat dock may interfere with their current contract with the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which allows the company to run tours on the American side of the Falls. They said the terms and conditions would change if they no longer house their boats in Canada.

Right now, state park officials have not yet ruled out the possibility of continuing their relationship with the Maid of the Mist but attraction official seem positive about the outcome.