The owners and operators of Lake Ontario Motel, Jan & Phil Toenniessen have lived in Niagara County their entire lives. They have been very involved in tourism and the birth and buildup of the world class salmon and trout fishery in Lake Ontario.
Phil is a Great Lakes Coast Guard Captain and was one of the first to operate a charter fishing business out of the port of Olcott, NY. Phil and his son, Scott, entertained clients from around the world for 17 years before retiring from the charter business. Phil served on the Board of Directors of the Niagara County Charter Fishing Association and Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assoc. (L.O.T.S.A.) He also served as treasurer for L.O.T.S.A. and editor of the L.O.T.S.A. news for several years. Phil is also retired from General Motors.
Jan has also been an active member of L.O.T.S.A., publishing the L.O.T.S.A. news for several years. She has served on the Niagara County Tourism Board and the Town of Newfane Tourism Committee, chairing the committee for several years.
The family home is next door to the motel. The Toenniessen’s have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.