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MIKE CONLEY/MCDOWELL NEWS

Owner Dolph Justice, 91, started Dolphin Fish Camp in 1960 and has been running it ever since. He continued to work long after most people would have retired. Now the popular restaurant is closed after 56 years in business.


By Mike Conley

After 56 years of serving clients, Marion is no longer an institution.

Dolphin Fish Camp, located just off US 221 Business, served up its final plate of fish, popcorn shrimp, steak, potatoes and hush-puppies. The popular restaurant, which specializes in seafood, steaks and chicken, closed its doors for good the last weekend in July.

Owner Dolph Justice, 91, opened the fishing lodge in 1960 and has been running it ever since. He continued to work long after most people would have retired.

After 56 years, Justice felt it was time to start catching fish instead of cooking it. Indeed, he told The McDowell News that he plans to go fishing now that he’s finally retired.

In 1960, Justice was working for Southern Desk Co. At that time, he was also taking young people from his church, Garden Creek Baptist, to the Morganton Fishing Camp for meals. They liked to eat there and Justice thought it would be good for them to have a place closer to home where they could enjoy fish, hushpuppies and other such foods. Justice himself wanted to stay closer to home.

So he started the Dolphin Fish Camp in 1960. It has always been located in the same place right next to the Catawba River.

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The Dolphin Fish Camp has become famous for its seafood, steaks, chicken, baked potatoes and family atmosphere. It was a popular meeting place for local clubs and people who wanted a Sunday meal after church.

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