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.