Captain Kit’s Marina at Lake Sakakawea State Park is now the property of the state of North Dakota.
The state Parks and Recreation Department purchased the marina assets from owners Kit and Faye Henegar of Pick City for $746,000 in a sale that was finalized Nov. 22.
Department director Mark Zimmerman said the transaction includes all the docks, cables and infrastructure, plus the on-water floating concession and gas store.
It concludes a deal that was initiated three years ago at Kit Henegar's request. He had been trying to sell his business and turned to the park department after it purchased the Garrison Bay Marina across the lake at Fort Stevenson State Park in order to resolve some ownership issues there. That deal cost $340,000.
Zimmerman said the Captain Kit’s name will be discontinued and the Henegars will have no association as managers.
He said the purchase price was based on an appraisal required by the 2013 Legislature and comes in under the replacement value.
Zimmerman said the Henegars had a first-class operation that had grown to become an integral part of the state park over their more than two decades of ownership.
“This is an opportunity for us to keep that service there. I can’t imagine Lake Sakakawea State Park without the marina,” he said.
Including Lewis and Clark State Park, it makes three marinas owned and operated by the state park’s department.
Zimmerman said seasonal help will be hired to manage the former Captain Kit’s.
The operation consists of 72 boat rental slips, which cost boat owners from $4,500 to $1,100 per year, depending on the slip size.
In documents provided for the sale, the Henegars showed a gross income of $175,000 for the marina operation in 2012 and expenses of $137,000.
Some boat owners have rental contracts up to 2018 and Zimmerman said those will be honored. When they expire, all slip rental fees in state operations will be standardized, he said.
The Henegars also operated a small cantina, with alcohol and food service, at the marina.
Zimmerman said the department can’t hold a liquor license and it’s possible the cantina won’t open next spring while the department decides the best use of the building.
The marina lakeshore is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is leased to the park department through 2035.
The Henegars could not be reached for comment for this story.