East Port Marina & Resort was established in 1965 by Buck & Bea Morton. The couple started out with 8 dock slips and a small fisherman’s hut. They offered bait, tackle and some snacks. Eventually they expanded, adding 35 White Water Fishing Boats. East Port was at one time supported with a ferry to shuttle fisherman from Byrdstown, wanting to take advantage of fishing on the river.
Ed & Peggy Stephens purchased the Dock in 1974, becoming the first to buy houseboats and rent to the public. They began adding cabin rentals and the hotel as well as a larger store offering souvenirs, warm food, gas, bait, and much more.
Clyde and Vickie Craig purchased the Marina in 1995. Moving to East Port with their 3 sons and daughter. They all worked together to create a family style atmosphere for the customers. They introduced log cabin getaways at East Port, having up to 23 log cabins in the rental program. Clyde and Vickie added a new restaurant in 2002….. Offering the famous “best cheeseburger on the lake”, as well as catfish dinners, country breakfasts, soft serve ice cream, root beer floats, and sundaes.
Richard, Wendy, Tanner, and Nathan DeVries purchased the Marina in November of 2007. The family atmosphere continues as the family takes East Port to the next level. During the summer being on the water in their boat is their idea of a perfect day! They have huge expectations and plan to build on the accomplishments of the past dock owners.
“The Farm” at East Port was recently added in 2018. The Farm sits on 80 acres and features a large beautiful venue for weddings, corporate events, etc.
In early 2021, Bill and Anne Perkins purchased 5 East Port Marina & Resort cabins from their BEST FRIENDS Richard and Wendy DeVries and created The Cabins at East Port Marina, LLC. In addition, the Perkins assumed property management of an additional 5 cabins owned by others and are looking to the future growth of their family owned company.
The Perkins’ goal for The Cabins at East Port Marina, LLC is very simple. Treat customers with respect and offer a great cabin vacation experience at a fair price! So come to Dale Hollow Lake and stay with us! While you’re here…visit East Port Marina and Fisher’s Place for a bite to eat. We welcome back all those returning vacationers and welcome any new guests to be a part of The Cabins at East Port Marina Family! See You soon!!