The Bondurant Family: Fresh Air, Sweet Treats, and Family Fun

by | May 2024

STEP INTO the Bondurant family’s world: a serene escape where the ebb and flow of Tims Ford Lake ownership has shaped not just a marina but a legacy. With roots embedded in the waves since 1984, the Bondurants share a family odyssey of creating slices of paradise where every ripple in the water reflects the years of unforgettable memories families have made on the land. 

The Bondurant family has long been known for their hospitality, quality, and the simple joys of living life to the fullest. 

“We saw the need for a full-service marina where people could have a good time,” Charlie Bondurant said. 

Guided by the timeless principle of treating others as they would want to be treated, their interaction with every visitor who steps onto their marina is embedded with genuine kindness and respect.

A SHIFT IN TIDES: THE BIRTH OF FOREST RV RESORT Upon selling their previous marina, Tims Ford Marina, Joe Bondurant had an idea for a new venture — a forested haven that would become the Forest RV Resort. The RV resort, located on 50 acres near the marina and state park, emerged as a seamless blend of luxury and nature. 

Charlie elaborated, “We cleared only the necessary trees, creating 74 full-service spots, all paved in concrete, connecting to electricity, water, power, and sewer.” 

Discover the magic of Lakeview Marina, boasting 13 rental boats, two of which are double-deckers with slides attached. This promises families a day filled with fun in the sun. 

The resort, bordered by walking trails leading into the state park, emanates tranquility. Fully equipped with bathrooms, laundry rooms, pavilions, and children’s playgrounds, these spacious spots offer visitors a place to stay and an experience immersed in nature. The shaded and concreted areas of the resort allow children to cruise through the land on their bikes. 

OBSTACLES AS STEPPING STONESA major ice storm in 1996 damaged one of their docks and many pontoons, leaving the entire dock to sink — a devastating blow for the marina owners. 

“We’ve gone from some things that were very devastating to many moments and friendships that hold special memories,” Joe’s wife, Ginger Bondurant, said. 

Despite the hardships, the tranquil atmosphere has always served as a source of strength for the Bondurant family, motivating them to keep making their marinas a little more like heaven for visitors.

“We’ve watched some of the children grow up, from when they were born to when they were 18 and leaving,” Ginger continued. 

CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMUNITYBeyond recreation, the Bondurants have become a hub for transient workers. From traveling nurses to Jack Daniel’s employees and Arnold Air Force Base workers, the RV park serves as a temporary home for those on short-term assignments. It warmly embraces every visitor who desires a brief escape. 

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTUREWith plans for a second phase of the RV resort, the Bondurants prepared to dive deeper into the evolving desires of their guests. The challenge lies in finding the delicate balance between nature and modern conveniences. 

“People talk about ‘glamping,’ and they rent teepees, wagons, and tents, so we’re just trying to figure out what people actually want to do,” expressed Charlie. 

HARMONY WITHIN THE FAMILY The family dynamic has been a cornerstone of the Bondurant family’s success. Charlie; his brother Joe; Joe’s wife, Ginger; their son, Josh; and other family members seamlessly complement each other’s strengths. The bonds between them create a well-oiled machine that orchestrates their success. 

With Joe and Josh managing operations, Ginger in financial management, and Charlie managing marketing and sales, each role contributes to the overall success of their family’s legacy.

“We’re all involved in the lake and outdoors and helping people have fun,” enthused Charlie.

A LEGACY OF HOSPITALITYThe Bondurant family’s story is not merely about marinas and RV resorts. It has long been a narrative in Tims Ford Lake’s story. It’s a culmination of hospitality, commitment, and adaptability — the perfect blend for visitors who seek solace by the waters. After all, there’s nothing like a staycation in your own backyard. GN

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