Port Authority


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.


3rd Annual Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run

Join in the 3rd Annual Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run on Sunday, June 20, 2021. This is a non-alcoholic, fun family event. This year's theme is Mardi Gras, dressing up is encouraged! The first 50 registered will receive gift bags. Total participants limited to 100. Check in begins at 8:30 am; choose your start time of either 9 am or 9:30 am. Please try to carpool as parking is very limited! It is The Festival of the Fish weekend with lots going on.

PRICE: Early registration by June 13th $20 per person, after that date it goes up to $25 per person!

Registration may be made by calling (440) 204-2474, emailing vdm@vermilion.net, by mail, or stop in and see the Dock Master at the docks. The Port Authority accepts Visa, M/C, Discover, check, or cash. No refunds. The event will take place rain or shine.

Poker Run 2021 Registration & Waiver   |   Poker Run Rules & Schedule

The event proceeds will help pay for upgrades and beautification of the ADA Kayak Launch area.

Meet at the Vermilion Port Authority Kayak Launch, 777 W River Road, Vermilion, Ohio by the start time you've chosen for all info. Paddle the Vermilion River south to route 2 and back stopping at 5 points to get a playing card.

Prizes will be given for the Top Three Hands at the end of the event, 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50 +gifts TBA at approximately noon. There will also be door prizes, 50/50, and gift bags to the first 50 registrants. The event is open to any type of paddle craft, kayaks, SUP, canoes, etc.

Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run decals ($5) will be available to Order directly from the Port Authority 440-204-2474 until June 5th for guaranteed pick up at the Poker Run!

Location: The boat ramp is located on the west side of the Vermilion River, and is adjacent to the Water Pollution Control Center.

Directions from Rt. 6: On the west side of the bridge over the Vermilion River, by Vermilion Deli, turn south onto West River Road. Then in about ¼ mile at the stop sign, turn left (east) onto the Boat Ramp access road. Watch for oncoming traffic on West River Road from the south which does not stop and has the right of way.

Directions from Rt. 60: From the traffic light where State Rt. 60 intersects South Street, turn right (east) onto South Street and go east about ½ mile. Where South Street dead-ends at West River Road, there is a stop sign. At this intersection, watch for traffic coming from the right (south) which does not stop and has the right of way. Cross the street by making a jog to the left (north) onto West River Road, then immediately turn right onto the access road leading downhill to the river and Boat Ramp.

BRONZE Anchor Donors $100-$249 Value

West River Paddling Sports
655 West River Rd
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 967-5292 http://westriverkayak.com/

Vasu Communications
2432 Ridgeland Drive
Avon, OH 44011
(440) 937-5268
https://www.vasucom.com/

Romp's Water Port Marina
5055 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-4342
https://romps.com/

Mickey Mart Foodstores
1718 St Rte 60
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440)-963-7437
http://www.mickeythemoose.com/location/mickey-mart-52/

Claw, LLC
DBA Liberty Auto Wash
4185 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-8634
http://www.libertyautowashvermilion.com/

C & L Carpet Cleaning LLC
900 Sunnyside Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 963-2020
http://cnlcarpetcleaning.com/

First Federal Savings And Loan Of Lorain
3721 Oberlin Ave,
Lorain, OH 44053
(440) 282-6188
https://www.fflorain.bank/

Kingston of Vermilion
4210 Telegraph Lane
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-1800
http://kingstonhealthcare.com/location/kingston-vermilion/

Lowe's Home Improvement
7500 Oak Point Rd
Lorain, OH 44053
(440) 985-5700
https://www.lowes.com/store/OH-Lorain/2867

Defense Soap, LLc
13000 Athens Ave. C313
Lakewood, OH 44107
866-544-1689
https://www.defensesoap.com/

Door Prize Donors

The Silly Goose
657 Main St
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 963-2100
https://www.facebook.com/sillygoosegifts/

Smokin Joe's Pizza
4303 OH-60,
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-4070
http://www.smokinjoesvermilion.com/

Civil Contracting Ltd
PO Box 267
Avon, OH 44011
(216) 276-0174

Burning River Boutique
5493 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 941-1272
https://burningriverboutique.wordpress.com/

Taco Bell
1718 OH-60
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 963-7438
https://locations.tacobell.com/.../1718-state-route-60.html

Symphony’s Massage & Spa
5541 Liberty Avenue
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 963-0223
http://symphonysmassagestudio.com/

Martino's International Cafe
4415 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 967-3463
http://www.martinosinternationalcafe.com/index.shtml

Sam's Club
5225 Cobblestone Rd
Sheffield, OH 44035
(440) 934-7567
https://www.samsclub.com/.../sheffield-village-oh.../6314

Giant Eagle Supermarket
4453 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-2920
http://grocery.gianteagle.com/.../Giant-Eagle.../AC151220

Ohio Clean Marinas Program
Ohio Sea Grant Extension
105 West Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 609-4120
facebook.com/OhioCleanMarinasCleanBoaters

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
5495 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH 44089
440-967-4477
www.vermilionohio.com

Szabo Apparel Co.
5571 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 963-7495
https://www.szaboapparelvermilion.com/

The Gourmet Popcorn Store
5491 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 963-9439
https://poppinaround.co/

Quaker Steak & Lube
5150 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-3724
https://www.facebook.com/thelubevermilion

Steinacker True Value
4781 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 963-2222
https://www.facebook.com/Vermillion-Ace-Hardware-316582559225/

Don Parsons Inc & Mystic Belle
636 Sandusky St
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-7910
http://www.donparsonsmarina.com/mystic_belle_river_boat...

Swan Creek Candle Vermilion
681 Main St
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 963-0161
https://www.facebook.com/swancreekcandlevermilion/

The Olive Scene
5512 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 963-0504
https://theolivescene.com/vermilion/

German's Villa
3330 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-1770
https://www.germans-villa.com/

Barnes Nursery
3511 Cleveland Rd W
Huron, OH 44839
(419) 433-5525
http://www.barnesnursery.com/

The Sun Lab Tanning
4492 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-7000
https://www.facebook.com/TheSunLabTanning/

Home Depot
4330 N Leavitt Rd
Lorain, OH 44053
(440) 282-4066
https://www.homedepot.com/.../Lorain/44053/6930/reviews/20/

Valley Harbor Marina Inc
1295 W River Rd
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-5225
https://valleyharbormarina.homestead.com/

Rudy's Bar & Grill
5665 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-4534
http://www.rudysbarandgrillvermilion.com/

BJ's Wholesale
38292 Colorado Ave
Avon, OH 44011
(440) 934-7900
https://www.bjs.com/



South Street Municipal Public Boat Ramp

Dock Reservation Form

Port Authority: (440) 204-2474 – Call For Dock Reservations, Public Boat Ramp, Marinas, etc.

Location: The boat ramp is located on the west side of the Vermilion River, and is adjacent to the Water Pollution Control Center. Directions from Rt. 6: On the west side of the bridge over the Vermilion River, by Vermilion Deli & Grocery, turn south onto West River Road. Then in about ¼ mile at the stop sign, turn left (east) onto the Boat Ramp access road. Watch for oncoming traffic on West River Road from the south which does not stop and has the right of way. Directions from Rt. 60: From the traffic light where State Rt. 60 intersects South Street, turn right (east) onto South Street and go east about ½ mile. Where South Street dead-ends at West River Road, there is a stop sign. At this intersection, watch for traffic coming from the right (south) which does not stop and has the right of way. Cross the street by making a jog to the left (north) onto West River Road, then immediately turn right onto the access road leading downhill to the river and Boat Ramp.

Launch Fees: $7 boat/jet ski  |  $3 kayak/canoe

Facilities

  • 2 launching ramps
  • 2 holding docks
  • ADA kayak and canoe roller launch facility
  • trailer and car parking
  • disabled & handicap accessible facility
  • open 24 hours year round
  • bait and fishing supplies available from local suppliers
  • minutes north to Lake Erie no dockage available

Water Works Public Guest Docks

Dock Reservation Form

Port Authority: (440) 204-2474 – Call For Dock Reservations, Public Boat Ramp, Marinas, etc. 

We invite you to visit our Vermilion Public Guest Docks. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Location: Just inside the Vermilion River harbor on the starboard side (West) you will find The Vermilion Municipal Water Plant. The docks are adjacent to the water plant.

Dockage

  • Reservations suggested (contact Dockmaster (440) 204-2474)
  • 20 guest berths accommodating both power and sail up to 45 ft.
  • Dockage Fee: $2.00 per foot for overnight dockage, with check out at noon. Day tripper rates available upon request.
  • Facilities: water and electricity available, restrooms, showers, pump out
  • Season: mid-May to mid-October

Nearby Facilities

There are additional public docks at McGarvey's Landing (further up the Vermilion River, on the east side, just north of the bridge, at McGarvey's Landing next to the Quaker Steak & Lube Restaurant).  Along the river, you will find marinas that provide fuel and services, as well as restaurants that cater to boaters' needs.

Harbor Info

  • Harbor Master: (440) 967-6116 (please do not call for dock reservations)
  • Harbor Patrol: (440) 967-6116, Emergency 911
  • U.S. Coast Guard: (440) 288-1206
  • Local Police Monitor Marine Channel 16: CB 9
  • Hospital: 20 minutes to Mercy Hospital (440-960-4000)

McGarvey's Landing

Dock Reservation Form

Port Authority: (440) 204-2474 – Call For Dock Reservations, Public Boat Ramp, Marinas, etc.

McGarvey's Landing features breathtaking views from the Vermilion River boardwalk in historic Harbour Town. Trees, beautiful planters, benches, picnic tables and more provide a wonderful park-like setting to watch boats sail along the river.  Public boat docks are available along McGarvey's landing by the Vermilion Port Authority. All Port Authority guest docks are painted white with the top two feet painted a dark, royal navy blue. Many festivities take place at the boardwalk including rubber ducky races, lighted boat parades and crazy craft regatta.

Harbor Ordinances

  • No wake
  • 84 Decibel Noise Level Limit 24 Hours a day

ADA Kayak Launch

The ADA Kayak Launch at the Vermilion Port Authority Boat Launch is located at 777 West River Road in Vermilion, OH. The boat ramp is located on the west side of the Vermilion River, and is adjacent to the Water Pollution Control Center.

Directions from Rt. 6: On the west side of the bridge over the Vermilion River, by Vermilion Deli, turn south onto West River Road. Then in about ¼ mile at the stop sign, turn left (east) onto the Boat Ramp access road. Watch for oncoming traffic on West River Road from the south which does not stop and has the right of way.

Directions from Rt. 60: From the traffic light where State Rt. 60 intersects South Street, turn right (east) onto South Street and go east about ½ mile. Where South Street dead-ends at West River Road, there is a stop sign. At this intersection, watch for traffic coming from the right (south) which does not stop and has the right of way. Cross the street by making a jog to the left (north) onto West River Road, then immediately turn right onto the access road leading downhill to the river and Boat Ramp.