TopSide Marinas Acquires Rock Creek Marina on Perry Lake Outside Kansas City, Expanding Boat Rental Business on the Lake
Deal marks second $75K finders-fee acquisition for TopSide Marinas since launching in 2021
Kansas City/Topeka – May 2, 2023 – TopSide Marinas, a Texas-based family-owned company that acquires and operates high-quality marinas around the country, announced the acquisition of Rock Creek Marina, a 188-acre large-scale marina located in Ozawkie on Perry Lake, often referred to as “Paradise on the Plains,” nestled less than 50 miles in between Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka. The full-service marina and resort facility offers boat storage and RV sites. With the recent acquisition, the marina is expanding its boat rental business, providing access for more consumers to enjoy the lake. Rock Creek Marina marks TopSide Marinas’ sixth acquisition since its launch in 2021 and its first in Kansas.
Rock Creek Marina was built in 1975 and sits on Perry Lake which is the third-largest lake in Kansas measuring 12,500 acres. The marina offers an assortment of amenities to the recreational boating community, which is home to an active boating community with 40,000 registered boats. Perry Lake sits adjacent to Perry State Park, an 11,000-acre wildlife area that features camping, horseback riding, a beach, hiking and fishing. Rock Creek Marina is one of only three marina leaseholders that have been approved to operate a marina on Perry Lake since it opened in the 1970s due to the development and entitlement process managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
“Rock Creek Marina Investors has proudly owned and operated Rock Creek Marina for the past 20+ years. It has been an honor for my wife, Tuila, and I, to work hand in hand with our marina team to serve the members and guests at Rock Creek Marina for the past 10+ years,” said Allen Rumold, owner of Rock Creek Marina. “We believe that TopSide Marinas is the right ownership group to continue providing excellent customer service and investing back into the property going forward. We believe that the members and guests at Rock Creek Marina are in good hands with TopSide Marinas.”
The highly occupied marina consists of 495 wet slips and 35 dry slips, 36 RV sites as well as short-term cabin rentals, in addition to its new expansion of boat rental offerings. Other amenities include boat service and repairs, a convenience store, a gas station and restaurant for those who want to enjoy the lake from shore.
“Acquiring Rock Creek Marina is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity due to the limited availability of marina operations on Perry Lake. Rock Creek Marina is located in a beautiful area, and we look forward to being an entertainment destination for lake enthusiasts and all things fun on Lake Perry,” said Ryan Skiles, regional vice president, TopSide Marinas. “We are excited about providing more amenities for our marina members and their guests as well as other visitors with our expanded capabilities of providing more options for boat rentals than before.”
TopSide Marinas’ Director of Investments Thomas Joy added, “We love working with marina owners and partners who have taken care of their marinas, and Rock Creek Marina’s ownership did just that with a family-owned and operated business that has yielded a well-maintained property and delivered lifelong lake memories. With this acquisition we will continue investing in facility enhancement while providing unparalleled service to serve our guests on and off the water.”
This acquisition marks the second property TopSide Marinas has acquired through its finder’s fee reward program. For those who connect the company with a marina owner, TopSide Marinas pays a $75,000 referral fee if it ends up acquiring that marina, whether it be on a lake, river or coast. April Plaza Marina, a 4.9-acre marina located in Montgomery on Lake Conroe, just outside North Houston, marks the company’s first finder’s fee referral acquisition.
TopSide Marinas also owns and operates Larsen Marine in Waukegan Harbor, Illinois on Lake Michigan, North Point Marina on Lake Belton in Temple, Texas as well as Beavers Bend Marina located on Broken Bow Lake in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Marina located in Galveston, Texas
About TopSide Marinas:
TopSide Marinas is Texas-based, family-owned company that acquires and operates high-quality marinas around the country. To learn more about TopSide Marinas, visit www.topsidemarinas.com.