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Catfishing Ohio River Port Clinton

Port Clinton, [1] "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.

Walleye Capital of the World

Boat launch[edit]

  • Little Portgage Access, Darr Hopfinger Rd.
  • Portgage River Fishing Access, SR 163


  • Brands Marina, 451 W. Lakeshore Dr., 1+ 877-585-1733, [2].
  • Coastal Marine II, 537 W. Lakeshore Dr., GPS 41-31-22/82-56-12, 1+ 419-732-2165 [3].
  • Lakefront Marina, 1805 W Lakeshore Dr., 1+ 800-745-3625, [4].

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.

Get around[edit]

  • Jet Express, located downtown, 1+ 800-245-1538, [5]. Trips to Kellys Island and Put-in-Bay.
  • Miller Ferry, 5174 E. Water St. (Catawba), 1+ 800-500-2421, [6]. Trips to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island.
  • Port Clinton Lighthouse, at Water Works Park, E. Perry St. (SR 163) The restored lighthouse is Port Clinton's second, built in 1896 and placed at the entrance of the Portage River where it remained active for more than thirty years. The light was decommissioned in the late 1920s but remained a welcome sight to locals and visitors alike until it was moved in 1952. For more than 60 years, this lighthouse stood quietly on private property alongside the bank of the Portage River, largely forgotten until 2010 when the owner decided the aging light deserved a home along the Lake Erie shore once again. On August 15, 2016, the lighthouse was moved to its permanent location at Water Works Park. No entry inside. Grounds open year-round dawn-dusk.
Head Boats - Port Clinton, OH

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

  • Annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival [7], Kick-off summer with vendors, rides, food, live entertainment, and...
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