River Valley Power & Sport Acquires Bill's Bay Marina- Colvill Park Marina
Monday, July 23, 2018
Posted by: Mickaela Giese
River Valley Power & Sport’s President, John Wooden, announced the acquisition of a 62 slip marina and fuel dock facilities known as Bill’s Bay Marina-Colvill Park located at 507 Nymphara LN in Red Wing, MN. The acquisition also included a showroom & marine repair facility on Hwy 61 at 1708 W 3rd Street in Red Wing, MN.
The 62 slip marina, is adjacent to beautiful Colvill Park, complete with several accommodations and entertainment: large water park, walking trails, tennis court, basketball court, picnic and BBQ areas, playground equipment, party and gathering areas, and other rental facilities. Mr. Wooden plans to initially operate the marina as normal, but sees an opportunity to update the assets of the marina, to make what River Valley believes will be one of the nicest marina settings on the upper Mississippi River: “The Gateway to Lake Pepin”. The marina will also offer River Valley Power & Sport, a Boating Industry “Top 100 Marine Dealer”, the ability to have a floating showroom and on water demonstrations.
Furthermore, River Valley intends on retaining the “family first atmosphere” of what would be deemed as one of the finest marina locations in North America. They plan on continuing to invest heavily in all their facilities over the coming years. In addition to this new marina in Red Wing, John Wooden has been an owner of the 98 slip Browns Bay Marina on Beautiful Lake Minnetonka since 2014. That marina Wooden stated “My partners and I have invested heavily in, remodeled and have a lengthy waiting list for slip availability. Our plan is to do the same in Red Wing.”
The showroom and service facility located at 1708 W 3rd St (HWY 61) in Red Wing is a very modern, highly visible building that provides easy water access to Red Wing’s upper harbor and gives River Valley the ability to expand their large boat sales, parts and service. River Valley plans to house their fiberglass lines: Monterey, Blackfin, Yamaha, Centurion, Supreme, and luxury pontoons: Bennington and South Bay in this location.
River Valley will now have (3) locations in Red Wing: 3859 Hwy 61 W (old Ford building) which is used as the main powersports, pontoon, and fishing boat facility. Their marine center at 3399 South Service Drive, Hwy 61 houses corporate offices, lawnscape, rigging and repair facilities. The new addition creates the ability to separate powersports, aluminum, and fiberglass will be a great opportunity.
Marina services offered: docks slips, fuel dock, convenience store, bait-tackle, laundry, and showers. Marine Dealership: new, used & brokerage boats, finance, as well as service repair, parts, boat storage and winterization services. As well as the only Tow Boat U.S affiliation on this part of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin.
River Valley intends on staffing all or most of the current Bill’s Bay Marina staff. Longtime Manager, Zach Paider will oversee Brokerage Sales, as well as the long-time service & marina staff will be retained.
River Valley was recently named to the prestigious Boating Industries, Top 100 marine dealer list. They have quickly become Minnesota’s largest volume marine dealer, top BRP Evinrude dealer in North America, Yamaha Jet Boat largest dealer in US, Monterey Boats 2nd largest dealer in North America, and a Top 10 Bennington Pontoon dealer. With a staff of over 100 dedicated individuals and the locations well positioned in Red Wing, Rochester, and on Lake Minnetonka, River Valley is positioned well for future growth & success. In addition to expansion in Red Wing, River Valley is currently building a new 20,000 sq ft marine facility adjacent to its existing 22,000 sq ft powersports facility in Rochester MN. This expansion will be know as: “Destination Marine Center-Rochester”.