“I talk to a lot of people in town, even people at the post office, and they don’t even know that Prizer Point’s here,” Dorsey said. “It’s just 20 minutes up the road and they don’t know it’s here.”
The marina officially opened in 1968, and was bought by Greg and Lisa Batts about 10 years ago, said Dorsey, who added that Batts has made many improvements to the facilities over the past 10 years, including more lodging.
“From about the first of May until Labor Day, it’s just packed constantly,” said Dorsey.
Batts and Dorsey estimated that they receive between 30,000 and 50,000 people in a given season, with as many as 2,000 people coming through on a given weekend, and those numbers include those who are camping, staying in the lodges or putting their boats in the water.
Batts said they have had visitors from several continents, from places like Germany, Australia, South Africa. He said that being on Lake Barkley and being close to Fort Campbell also helps them attract visitors.
Prizer Point is still closed for winter, but will be open again from March 18 – Nov. 27, so the snowstorms from two weeks ago only affected the people that stay near the marina all year long, said Dorsey.
“The flood last year kind of hurt is in the springtime, but it looks like it’s going to turn out to be a pretty stand-up year,” Dorsey said.
Batts and Dorsey said they’re looking at holding what they call a “Trigg County Day” sometime in the fall, wherein people will be able to come to the marina and enjoy the activities for free. Dorsey said they don’t have a date pinned down yet, however.
“People will be able to come out use the facilities. We’ve got the jumping pillow, the pedal cars, the paddleboat, the pool, the iceberg that goes out in the lake that people off of, etc,” Dorsey said. “Basically, it will be free of charge to use Prizer Point’s facilities.”
Among the recent addition, Dorsey said, is an inflatable trampoline, and they’re also re-doing one of their pools.
Batts talked about some of the upcoming events that will be held at the marina this year, including a 5K benefit for the Trigg County High School soccer team, which will be held the Saturday before Memorial Day. He said there were 30-50 people who participated last year.
The marina will have other activities in store for Mothers Day weekend on May 7 and 8, Halloween weekends on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, and a few weekends in between.