city in Ohio, United States

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. With a population of 6,000 in 2019, 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.

Port Clinton

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Map of Port Clinton (Ohio)

By boat

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Ferry

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Boat launch

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

Marinas

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By car

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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.

By plane

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Get around

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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.

  • 3 Camp Perry. National Guard Base with one of the largest firing ranges in the world. Often has open ranges for civilian marksmanship.    

Beaches

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

Fishing charters

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Welcome Center

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  • 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.

Drink

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Sleep

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Budget

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Mid-range

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Splurge

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Bed & Breakfast

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Camping

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Connect

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Jet Express
Routes through Port Clinton
ToledoOregon  W   E  SanduskyCleveland
Upper SanduskyFremont  S   N  Catawba IslandEND
Perrysburg via     W   E  LakesideMarblehead



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