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. Peggy owns a home at the marina and can still be seen around the docks telling stories “about the old days”.
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 DeVries’ goal for East Port Marina and Resort is very simple. Treat customers with respect and offer services and products at a fair price… So come by the marina for a vacation, or just a cup of coffee, and become part of the NEW East Port Family!