LAKE BROWNWOOD – Where can you find a wall of boat motors, ceilings covered with petroliana, an electric guitar signed by Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, surrounded by water with lots of good eats and a laid back atmosphere?
The Wild Duck Marina, located off FM 2125, at Lake Brownwood.
For the many regulars of the Wild Duck, life is slow and easy and they offer beer, bait and burgers.
This place that is frequented by lake dwellers and visitors has been open for eight seasons. Owners Angie and Brad Tyson built the place from the ground up. They had purchased the property with the initial plans to build their dream retirement home. But then the plans changed.
“I sold Early Blooms and More and we decided to do this,” Angie Tyson said.
A fun fact is that the building is actually built with wood from a 100-year old barn that was constructed on the Sowell Ranch, by German builder Alex Plan, who built many homes and barns throughout Brown County.
While they built the Duck, they stayed in a mobile home next door for a year.
So the Duck opened in 2009 offering a cool spot for lake goers to eat, enjoy good music and beverages and simply enjoy hanging out with friends and family. The season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Since that first season, the Tysons have added a lot of amenities on to the Duck, like a boat slip, a gas slip and a place out back with a stage and tables and chairs, aptly dubbed “The Back Yard.”
That’s where Fort Worth musician Skylar Payne of Fort Worth played last night. There are bands booked from all over the state every Friday and Saturday night.
“The Wild Duck is our go-to place for great burgers, excellent music and amazing sunsets,” said Becca Morelock who frequents the Duck with her husband Jared and their friends.
They have events during the summer too, including the Fourth of July fireworks show and a boat parade.
The menu is unique and catchy with items like the “Three Way” which is a basket of three items, like fried shrimp, skewered shrimp and chicken strips along with fries, on the menu. Folks who are brave may try “The Hades” burger that includes jalapenos and habanero sauce or “The Lunker” a jumbo chili dog with all the trimmings.
And now, the Tysons have leased Kirkland Docks where there are several cabins and reunion halls. They also have a doublewide mobile home and a house that folks rent during the summer. Plus there are RV hook-ups out there to.
“We stay pretty booked up,” Tyson said.
Angie runs the place, with 18 full and part time employees. Brad, the former owner of a steel building business, and the owner of U.S.. Docks, is a contractor for Elliott Electric and travels a lot.
Jada Gongora, has been a waitress since the summer of 2016, and calls her job, “fun.”
“It’s unique and different,” Jada said. “You get to meet a lot of characters. It’s not everyone who gets to work on the lake.”