Enjoy the Great Lakes when vacationing in Port Clinton, Ohio with this travel guide

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Vacation In Port Clinton, Ohio, On Lake Erie

Do you want a vacation where you can enjoy water sports, go fishing and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature?  Then vacationing in Port Clinton could be just what you’re looking for!


Located at the mouth of the Portage River on Lake Erie, Port Clinton is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.”  Situated between Cleveland and Toledo, it is a great central location for vacationers.  Port Clinton is also known as the center for sailing and sport fishing as well as the gateway to the beautiful islands in Lake Erie.  It is home to the Jet Express, the passenger-only ferry service to South Bass, Put-In-Bay and Kelleys Island.

Port Clinton’s docks are full of sails, fishing boats, and yachts.  In the summer, wave boarding, boating, jet skiing, water tubingkayaking and more are enjoyed here.  

Sportfishing attracts thousands of visitors each month.  These anglers are looking to catch their limit of walleye and perch.  You can schedule a fishing charter in downtown Port Clinton.

Local Attractions

So many things to do in Port Clinton!  Local attractions include the Liberty Aviation Museum and the Port Clinton Lighthouse.

See exotic animals at African Safari Wildlife Park and The Watering Hole at Monsoon Lagoon.

Port Clinton has a one of a kind New Year’s Eve celebration that starts in the late afternoon.  There are activities for children, music, and street vendors.  Guests can enjoy exotic treats like Walleye Cinnamon Chips and Walleye White Wine.  The Walleye Madness at Midnight includes fireworks and the descent of a 20 foot 600-pound fiberglass walleye.

Catawba Island State Park is a small but beautiful park in Port Clinton.  It features a boat launch, public fishing pier and a rocky beach area.  Watch spectacular sunsets over the water.  It is a serene, peaceful place to enjoy nature.  Ice skating and ice fishing are popular here in the winter months.

Seven miles from Port Clinton is East Harbor State Park.  On the shores of Lake Erie, it is ideal for outdoor recreation.  People go there to swim, fish, go boating and picnicking.  Nature enthusiasts enjoy seeing the multitude of shorebirds, waterfowl and native wildlife that can be found in the wetlands of the park.

The East Harbor campground is the largest in the Ohio State Park System.  There are 205 nonelectric sites and 365 electric sites.  The campground features showers, restrooms and a camp store.  Camping with pets is permitted on designated sites. 

If you’re interested in renting an RV, Green Vacation Deals recommends RVshare.

Green Vacation Deals can share ways to save money if you’re interested in buying a tent, a tipi, and camping cookware.

Hotel Deals

If you would prefer staying in a hotel, please check out the following hotels that have discounted rates up to 46% off the best available rates.  Book these through Hotels.com to realize the savings.

  • Quality Inn       46% Discount
  • Best Western Port Clinton       44% Discount
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Port Clinton Waterfront       44% Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Port Clinton       38% Discount
  • Commander Perry Inn & suites       27% Discount
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radion, Port Clinton       16% Discount
  • The Cedar Motel       14% Discount
  • Arlington Inn       11% Discount