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Sweetwater History

Life Is Sweet At Sweetwater

The Best Stories Always Start At A Bar…

The Sweetwater Casino

     The Sweetwater Marina & Riverdeck is situated on the site of the iconic Sweetwater Casino. Established in 1927, the Sweetwater Casino was well known across South Jersey for its riverside dining, banquet facility and of course, its cheese!

     The Sweetwater Casino never did contain an actual casino, but rather, it got its name during the Prohibition period when it was run as a speakeasy where many came to drink booze and gamble. 

     In its day, Sweetwater Casino was the sight of many wonderful weddings. Many folks still return to the site of the old Sweetwater Casino with fond memories of the special times they had there.

The Fire

     Early one morning in the summer of 2008, a fire broke out at Sweetwater Casino. While the blaze was reported at 4am, Sweetwater’s rural location made it hard for firefighters to control the flames. Ironically, the fire was not put out until after 6am due to a lack of water. Tankers from nearby towns had to be called in. Despite firefighters’ best efforts, the building that held so many memories was destroyed. Investigators later determined that a lightning strike was the cause of the devastating scene.

     The Sweetwater Casino was sold shortly after the fire. Its new owners operated it as a small grill and tiki-bar for several summers with live music.

 

 

A New Start

     In the Winter of 2016, the former Sweetwater Casino was purchased by Mike and Kimmie Iles. Before purchasing the property, the Iles family had spent over 30 summers on the Mullica River.  Knowing the memories, “The Casino” held for so many, Mike and Kim considered themselves very lucky to be able to give life back to one of South Jersey’s best kept secrets. 

     In the Summer of 2016, the Iles family began operating the property under a new name, the “Sweetwater Marina & Riverdeck.” From 2016-2019, thousands of people flocked to the Riverdeck and some were shocked to find that the local favorite was really just a glorified party tent with a large bar underneath and about 50 picnic tables out on the lawn. 

     Despite its modest appearance, people quickly realized that the laid-back style of The Riverdeck was one of the best things about the destination! Families enjoyed being able to let their kids play while dining, friends enjoyed sitting back and relaxing by the riverside.  

Back & Better Than Ever

     Shortly after closing for the season in 2019, the Sweetwater crew began demolition and construction. In 2020, the property will feature two brand new, permanent structures.

     The building pictured above will be a casual restaurant and bar. It is larger than the original tent so The Riverdeck will be accommodate more people than ever before. The building will also feature multiple roll-up glass doors to merge the indoor and the outdoor dining experience into one. Don’t worry- there will also be plenty of seating out on the lawn just like before!

     The larger building on the property will house The Riverdeck’s kitchen, offices and marina clubhouse. The second level of the building will be used as a large banquet facility, featuring beautiful views of the Mullica River.

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4th of July Events

At Sweetwater Marina and Riverdeck, we celebrate the 4th of July all week long!! Check out all the fun we have planned below and join our Facebook event page!🎉 . 🚩Please read our Covid Guidelines before visiting. https://sweetwaterriverdeck.com/covid-guidelines/ 🚩 ....

We are now open!

After many months of construction and now a worldwide pandemic, Sweetwater Marina & Riverdeck is finally open for business. We can't wait for you to see the "new" Sweetwater Marina and Riverdeck! Please know that we are following strict guidelines set forth by the...

Hours of Operation

MON – FRI
Closed for the Season

SAT
Closed for the Season

SUN
Closed for the Season

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COVID-19 Announcement

We will be opened for outdoor dining starting Wednesday, June 24! We will be open Wednesday- Sunday each week.

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am - midnight

Saturday: 11am-midnight

Sunday: 11am- 10pm

 Please see our COVID Guidelines before visiting. We can't wait to see you all!

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