Lake Lewisville, The Colony, Texas
Hidden Cove Park and Marina
20400 Hackberry Creek Park Rd
Lake Lewisville, Controlled By The Colony, Texas
Park Entry Fee Required
Hidden Cove Park (which used to be called Lewisville State Park) is on Lewisville Lake, a man-made lake developed by the US Army Corp of Engineers. In 1981, the State of Texas built the roads, shelters, pavilions, RV sites, dining hall, boat ramp, etc. When the State of Texas turned Lewisville State Park over to The Colony, this terminated the status of the park as a state park. The state then opened Ray Roberts State Park - (Directions/Map) just a few minutes away with more RV sites, camping areas, large sandy swim beach, fishing pier and store.
Since May 1, 1995, The City of The Colony leases Hidden Cove Park from the Army Corp of Engineers at no charge. JT's Boat Rentals and park store started operations in spring of 2002. JT's Concessionaire contract with The Colony was for the food, beverage and boat rentals for the entire 720-acre park, fulfilling the city's contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers. JT's submitted initial plans for boat slips, miniature golf, arcade center and enlarging the store, but our plans Quickly were denied, only to find out that a memorandum was out for closed bids to build a marina. In the beginning Sam had announced that pier 121 group won the bid, then Marine Quest had up the bid and got the contract. The Park operations were privatized by the city in January 2005 and leased from The Colony by Marine Quest with $250,000 due at signing, Lease Agreement. The City of the The Colony (via the Parks & Rec. Director Pam Nelson) told JT's that the city and Marine Quest would honor our contract when the marina operator started construction. JT's designed the layout and location of the current ship store as we were told by both the city and Marine Quest that it would be JT's new home. We were prepared to stock and operate the ship store and gas docks, have 30 motor boats and 4 party boats. We endured vandalism, jet ski theft, jet ski damages (city secretary son), mowing of the lawn late Saturday mornings with our customers there, gas tanks taken off boats and scattered in the parking lot, etc. In the fall of 2008 the new marina operator finally paid The City of The Colony $250,000, and the next week The Colony City Council cancelled JT's Concessionaire Contract after 7 years of service with 9 years remaining on JT's contract. JT's waited 3 hrs. at that meeting to speak to the issue and was denied making any statement by the city council and John Dillard - Mayor. After spending $4,000 in legal fees consulting with attorneys due to noncooperation by the marina operator to sign an agreeable lease with JT's, JT's was then forced to close our park store and boat rentals in Hidden Cove Park since the city required JT's to have a lease with Marine Quest.
In 2010, The marina operator reduced the number of slips even lower from 350 to get a partial Certificate of Occupancy so they could open. The marina operators had a local Frisco company refinance the project again. The Colony City Council heard a presentation from Frisco City Council member Scott Johnson, representing not Frisco but Ascendant Solutions, but in 2011 Ascendant withdrew and is no longer involved.
Currently, Hidden Cove Marina is still under construction since 2005 and is not yet completed.
The project is only a fraction of the original proposal presented to the city as 850 slips as is now just 350, because 500 slips were never purchased by the marina operator from the Tribute developers.
Hidden Cove Park is not presently a "resort" as it does not have the floating restaurant, hotel, pool, beach, etc. that was presented to the city. Lease Agreement .
JT's Party Boat Rentals reorganized and is now located at Eagle Point Marina, Lewisville, TX.
In 2009 we customized our business to accommodate larger groups on Lewisville Lake.
In 2011 JT's has 3 Party Boats on Lake Lewisville to celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary!
2016 JT's Boat Rentals sold their vessel's (not the business) to Sam's Dock, JT's donated the domain HiddenCovePark.com to them and stayed with them in 2016 to help make a smooth transition.
Sam's Dock opened up the boat rental company at Hidden Cove Park and Marina.
JT's Boat Rentals is now DFW Party Boats a advertising and marketing firm, most complete boat rental directory for the Dallas, Fort Worth, DFW, Texas area. 1 website all boat rental companies.
2017 Marine Quest is still rebuilding Hidden Cove Park (12 years later), metal dock structures scattered everywhere on and off shore, the shelters are all gutted and not useable, etc., don't understand how the city or the corp. allows them to be open with all the junk laying around.
2017 Sam's Dock is operating the ship store, boat rentals and gas dock and also opened up the Rockin S Bar and Grill.