Las Vegas is one of the most fun places on earth. The state promises not only the glitz and the glamour of the world-famous strip, but also the contrast of the natural beauty it offers. Las Vegas offers many outdoor recreation spots that everyone is sure to enjoy. Just take east of I-215 from the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, continue past the Sloan National Recreational Area and Boulder City, you will reach the oasis of Lake Mead’s best Privately owned Harbor, Las Vegas Boat Harbor.
Largest Privately Owned Marina in the World
Built in the late ’50s, Las Vegas Boat Harbor is the oldest privately owned and operated marina in the United States. The Gripentog Family has been operating this harbor since 1957. It has grown from a small marina to one of the best marinas in the Hemenway Harbor in Lake Mead. They are proud to say that they have the best marina services on the lake and throughout the Midwest.
The business was the brainchild of Bob and Betty Gripentog who dreamed of a life where they can fish more and work less. This dream became a reality after the couple had invested in a marina with 40 slips and 5 cottage style trailers. Since then, they had grown to have 1500 slips, 360 or more dry storage spaces, a couple of general merchandise stores, restaurants and a fleet of boats for rent and more.
Lake Mead offers Boating, Skiing, Tubing, Relaxing, Swimming, and Much More
Las Vegas Boat Harbor offers many fun and exciting activities. Not to mention, it has stunning views that will enthuse all kinds of visitors and all ages. The daring ones may enjoy the wave runner, jet skis and the tube for the kids. The scenic views make it a wonderful place to get away from the busy city. With its exceptional facility, it’s the perfect destination to make great memories for couples, and even families.
National Award of Marina of the Year for 2009
The secret of its success is based on the Gripentog family values where Gail Kaiser (now 2nd generation owner) has said, “It’s a family business and a family lifestyle. We enjoy working and playing with our business.” Therefore, there is no questioning on why the customer sees family style values everywhere. The owners are often seen behind counters, waiting tables, pumping fuel, and taking out trashes. They are taking the time to help out local customers because they feel like the guests are not only customers but also friends.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Las Vegas Boat Harbor is also a socially responsible company. They give back to the community through their many programs such as:
- C.A.S.T. for Kids – The organization helps handicapped or blind children.
- Lifejacket Loaner for Kids – It is a program the Gripentogs host every year. It focuses on water safety among their many socially responsible programs that they have each year.
The Gripentogs believe that hands-on service and a family environment are the keys to their success. They are able to establish a good relationship with their clientele. The family makes Las Vegas Boat Harbor one of the best outdoor destinations in Las Vegas.