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Port Clinton

Port Clinton, "The Walleye Capital of the World", is a fishing village and vacation spot on the north shore of Ohio. Most visitors to Port Clinton are parking and boarding boats and ferries to enjoy Lake Erie and Lake Erie Islands. It is a very clean and friendly place with plenty of places to sleep, eat and drink. The waterfront is downtown and the activity surrounds the marinas. Ferries leave to the islands frequently. It is the only City in Ottawa County. Locals refer to Port Clinton as one of Ohio's quaint drinking villages, with an occasional fishing problem.

Get in[edit]

Map of Port Clinton (Ohio)

By boat[edit]

Ferry[edit]

Boat launch[edit]

  • Little Portage Access, Darr Hopfinger Rd.
  • Portage River Fishing Access (SR 163).

Marinas[edit]

By car[edit]

From Columbus, head north on US 23 to Ohio State Route 4. At Ohio 2 head West. Exit OH 2 at the first OH 163 exit.

From Cleveland, head west on OH 2, exiting at OH 163.

From Toledo, head East on OH 2. For a scenic route, follow Lakeshore Drive (just past the Red Horse National Guard base), or else exit at the OH 163 exit.

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Do[edit]

Head Boats - Port Clinton, OH

Plenty to do here. Fishing charters, head boats, ferries, marina's all located downtown on water front. Nice public beaches, parks.

  • 1 Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark.
  • Great Lakes Popcorn Co., 60 Madison St, +1 419 732-3080. Sample 30+ flavors of popcorn including Vanilla Butternut, Rootbeer, Jelly Bean and so on. The production process is done in front of customers.
  • 2 African Wildlife Safari, 267 Lightner Rd (off SR 163), +1 419 732-3606, toll-free: +1-800-521-2660. This drive-thru safari has exotic animals, camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races, gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar and café and grill. African Safari Wildlife Park (Q4689906) on Wikidata African Safari Wildlife Park on Wikipedia
  • [formerly dead link] Annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival (Main Street Port Clinton). Annual event in May.
  • Island Adventures Family Fun Center, 280 SE Catawba Rd, +1 419-732-2020. 7 days. 11AM-10PM. (SR 53) 18 hole mini-golf, go-carts, bumper boats, arcade, pizza. Open Memorial Day/Labor Day.
  • Annual New Years Eve Walleye Drop (Downtown Port Clinton). Annually on December 31..
  • 3 Camp Perry. National Guard Base with one of the largest firing ranges in the world. Often has open ranges for civilian marksmanship. Camp Perry (Q3654611) on Wikidata Camp Perry on Wikipedia

Beaches[edit]

  • 4 Port Clinton City Beach, Perry St (SR 163).

Fishing charters[edit]

Welcome Center[edit]

  • 5 Lake Erie Islands Welcome Center, 770 E. Catawba Rd, +1 419-734-4386. (SR 53). 'Discount tickets' for ferry boats, attractions, maps, restrooms. Open year around.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Jolly Roger Seafood House, 1737 E Perry St, +1 419 732-3382. Dine inside, outside or carry-out. Fresh Lake Erie fish, shrimp, soups. Great food! Closed part of winter.
Yellow Perch - About $5.00
  • 1 Tin Goose Diner. Classic American diner at the airport.
  • 2 Mendoza's.

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Jet Express
Routes through Port Clinton
ToledoOregon  W OH-2.svg E  SanduskyCleveland
Upper SanduskyFremont  S OH-53.svg N  Catawba IslandEND
Perrysburg via US 20.svgUS 23.svg  W OH-163.svg E  LakesideMarblehead



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