Tims Ford Lake has become one of the most popular bodies of water in the mid-south. Sporting 10,700 acres and 265 miles of shoreline, its clean and deep waters beckon boating enthusiasts and fishermen from all over.
But…what about its marinas? Let us take a deeper dive into each!
Tims Ford Marina and Resort
Tims Ford Marina has 350 boat slips, 15 lakeview cabins, 30 RV spaces, and the Hard Dock Cafe, which is open year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a convenience store with the usual snacks, drinks, ice and various boating supplies and essentials for a day on the water. Boat rental is also available.
As far as cabin rentals go, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible. It can be hard to get one, especially during peak season, so plan ahead! Each has a small balcony, full kitchen with basic cooking set and a TV. Towels and bed linens are provided.
The RV park has water and sewer hook ups, electricity connections, a bath house and a washer and dryer facility. Keep in mind that these spaces aren’t for the weekend warrior- they are rented on a yearly basis.
As for the Hard Dock Cafe, Laci recommends the BLT or chicken salad sandwich. We both love the pizza and the burgers aren’t bad either! Most of the seating is covered and from late spring through the summer there is usually live music on Saturday nights. (Get there early though, seating is usually at a premium.)
Centrally located on the lake, Tims Ford Marina is always a great option. For more information visit their website at www.timsfordmarina.com or follow them on Facebook as well.
Lakeview Marina is located inside Tims Ford State Park. While it may be the smallest marina on the lake, don’t let that fool you. They have a lot to offer, including boat rentals, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoe rentals, supplies, fuel, food and 16 hand dipped flavors of ice cream!
One unique thing about boat rentals at Lakeview- if you are renting a cabin or lake house and want to keep the boat overnight…You can! No one else offers this convenience (not yet, at least).
To my knowledge, no one else offers kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals either. This is a great place to rent these because Lakeview is located in a huge cove that is in a “no wake” zone, providing smooth and safe sailing for all of your adventures.
The food menu is limited here, mainly pizza, burgers and chips…but don’t miss the pizza, it is delicious! And of course, the ice cream is amazing on those hot summer days!!
The state park does have cabins and a campground with RV hook ups. There are walking trails, a pool, basketball court, and a visitors center.
Lakeview also offers live bait for the fishing enthusiast.
Be sure to check them out at www.lakeviewmarinatimsford.com or follow them on Facebook @Lakeview Marina for hours of operation. They do close in the winter and have limited hours in the spring and fall.
Holiday Landing has over 250 covered boat slips, five lakefront cabins, a small motel, boat rentals, and its biggest claim to fame- The Bluegill Grill. You can also pick up supplies you may need for some fun in the sun, like ice, drinks, snacks and sunscreen.
The cabins come complete with a kitchen and basic cooking set, bed linens, a balcony to enjoy those lake views, and all are within easy walking distance to The Bluegill Grill. As with Tims Ford Marina, we recommend reserving cabins as soon in advance as possible.
The Bluegill Grill is the big draw here. Floating in the center of a large cove, the atmosphere is lake life defined. Kids can feed the many fish and turtles that constantly swim around the restaurant, while the adults enjoy cold drinks (don’t miss tasting the famous Dickel Drop) and great food. If you are a seafood lover- this is your place! They even have an All You Can Eat Cajun Boil (usually on Wednesdays). Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are served daily.
On Saturday nights during the summer there is also live music, usually starting around 6pm. Word is the music is so good that even the fish dance!
The Bluegill Grill is seasonal, opening early spring and closing in the fall, so follow them at www.holidaylanding.com or on Facebook @ The Bluegill Grill to keep up with all the latest happenings.
Twin Creeks Marina
Twin Creeks is the newest marina on the lake. They offer boat rentals, an outdoor restaurant known as Drafts and Watercrafts, a small convenience store, a venue for corporate events and parties, and much more. A very nice hotel as well as RV sites are also in the works for the future.
Drafts and Watercrafts is one of our favorite places to dine. The extensive menu offers everything from wings to burgers, steak to seafood, salad to pizza, and everything in between. I personally love the cheese ravioli, but trust me you can’t go wrong with anything here! As with the Bluegill Grill, this restaurant is floating and has a great atmosphere.
The kids can feed the fish here as well. And the view is fantastic! Live music takes the stage on weekends, while trivia and other fun activities take place during the week. This is also a great place to catch the Independence Day fireworks show held every year, but come early because it gets crowded quickly!
Drafts and Watercrafts is seasonal so be sure to follow them at www.twincreekstfl.com and on Facebook @ Twin Creeks for up to date info.
One more thing to love at Twin Creeks (at least I do) is full service fuel pumps. Just pull up and they will fill your tank for you. You can’t beat that!
My best advice…
Try all four marinas and see what fits you. Many people have one in particular that they love. For Laci and I, we have found that we like each one for different things, so we frequent them all! Whatever you do friends, kickback, relax and enjoy the Lake Life!