The Eagle Point Marina has a new owner. A sale of all or part of the Point has long been rumored. Now it can be said that Blair Huff has purchased the Marina buildings, boat slips, the party store, and the cottages from the Dunigan’s. The cottages include seven rental units. According to Blair, it will be business as usual for Marina customers, and the new entity will remain under the Eagle Point Marina banner. He sees current employees staying on, and operation of other functions, including the boat slips, service and storage, continuing as in the past. Boat sales have been part of the Marina business, and Blair indicates that he hopes to improve on that. Every year there is a lake-wide boat count. As of July 4th, 2019, there were 122 boats moored at Eagle Point. That is the largest number of any of the public sites. The Beach and Boat Club had 113; Beach Bar, 79; and Yacht Club, 75.
You may be familiar with the Huff name. Blair’s father and uncle own Huff Auto Group at 2800 Wildwood Avenue in Jackson. Blair is a graduate of Lumen Christi High School, and lives in Jackson. He and his wife, Chelsea, have four children. Blair Huff’s other business interests include real estate. He is involved in the ownership of Lucero’s Mexican Bar and Grill, at Jefferson and Ocean Beach Roads.
The Dunigan’s continue to own the building that houses the Pointe Bar and Grill. For the last year and half, the restaurant business has been owned by Equity Vest Management in East Lansing. Tom “Dewey” Bramson says it’s business as usual at the Pointe. He notes “we have a 15-year lease on the building, no matter who owns it.” When asked if his company was interested in purchasing the building, he responded “we chose not to buy it…the numbers weren’t right.”
On busy weekends, parking at Eagle Point can be tight. Dewey says there are easements that allow the crossing of formal property lines, and thus sharing is key. He comments “for example, the Marina uses the boat launch” which is adjacent to the restaurant.
Dewey Bramson says the Pointe Bar and Grill is constantly evolving. “We’re always tweaking it.” A new menu is on the way in March, and they plan “aggressive food specials on Wednesday and Thursdays.” He acknowledges the Pointe serves different clientele groups. There are the lake people, some of whom are seasonal. Then there is the regional draw with people who are attracted to the beautiful setting. And holidays bring in another group.
If you search the history section of this website, Eagle Point emerges as an icon. All “My Clark Lake Stories” reference Eagle Point. Clark Lakers have a love-affair with Eagle Point that has lived through multiple generations. As this new chapter in Eagle Point history begins, here is a flashback slide show that reveals Eagle Point as it appeared in earlier days. With the exception of the second picnic table photo, the most recent photo was taken in the early 1960’s.