Grand Chain Lodge & Campground, located on the Ohio River between Cairo, Ill., and Paducah, Ky., has reopened after having been closed for several months.
Dan Smith, his son-in-law, brother and a non-family member signed the lease papers in July. Smith said they are “shooting to make the lodge financially independent.”
The lodge complex was built by the Pulaski County Development Association, a non-profit organization, which promotes tourism throughout the Ohio River Recreation Area, according to The Southern, Carbondale, Ill.
There have been a number of managers since the resort was completed less than six years ago. Smith said he and his group have a different outlook than previous management.
“They all seemed to have started out with too much overhead,” he said. “We’re going to have a different approach.”
The campground has 25 sites, each with sewage, water and electric service. The sites have access to the boat ramp and a heated bathhouse.
The lodge offers four guest rooms, each with an entrance from the deck and queen-sized beds. There are also two lofted cabins for group lodging.
Sitting on a high bluff, the lodge and grounds overlook the Ohio River and Kentucky shoreline. Diners in the lodge restaurant can watch the barge traffic at the widest point of the river and view a 21-mile panorama.