Best destinations to dock on Lake Erie

By March 25, 2021November 21st, 2023Dock, Explore
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Is Lake Erie calling you? Could it be its 31 islands, historic lighthouses, miles of beautiful beaches, or some of the best-loved cities in the United States and Canada? Did you know that the waters of Lake Erie will bring you to Buffalo, NY; Erie, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; Port Stanley, Ontario; Monroe, Michigan; Sandusky, Ohio; and Cleveland, Ohio? No matter the reason you’re charting a course to Lake Erie, it’s a perfect choice!

There’s no arguing that Lake Erie is one impressive body of water. It’s the fourth largest of the Great Lakes, forming part of the boundary between Canada and the U.S. And great it is! Fifty-seven miles at its widest, it’s 9,910 square miles of surface area – that means boating fun to us. It’s no wonder the economy of the lakeshore areas depends heavily upon boating and water sports. 

The big decision is what destinations to visit when you really want to visit them all. And choosing the right destination for you and your crew can make your vacation. Luckily, we have a few recommendations. This is the Snag-A-Slip best destinations to dock on Lake Erie for 2021. We know you’ll love everyone!

Gibraltar, Michigan 

The unspoiled beauty of its natural surroundings awaits you in Gibraltar, known as the “Venice of Michigan.” Water is what it’s known for, housing nationally protected wetlands. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Though its beauty is unmatched, and it’s small, there’s still plenty “shaking” in Gibraltar if you look. Don’t let this sleepy town fool you, there are cozy restaurants, local craftspersons, and a weekly farmer’s market offering great fresh produce and artisan creations.

Captain Jim’s Marina and Kayak

Yelp reviews call Captain Jim’s Marina & Kayak “the coolest little spot in Gibraltar”. And they’re right. It has a full menu of amenities and is just what you’re looking for in a perfect weekend getaway. Located right on the Detroit River, just 30 minutes from downtown Detroit, you’ll feel far from the city while still being close to the action. Captain Jim’s is known for its amazing and helpful staff, ready and willing to assist from the moment you dock until you set off on your next adventure. On-site, and Included in your stay, is access to a workout facility. Also on site is Jim’s Java where you can enjoy fresh brewed regional coffee. While you’re at it, why not check out the gift shop for great local products?

Port Stanley, Ontario

Port Stanley, or just “Port” to those who live there, is a quintessential harbor community. Not only will you enjoy its ample beaches, but it has the rich culture of a larger city. You can spend your days on the beach and your evenings antiquing, shopping in boutiques, strolling through art galleries or attending the theatre. Oh, and the local food is “to die for”!

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Kettle Creek Marina

Located on the northern shores of Lake Erie, Kettle Creek Marina has been a fun, family-owned marina for over 30 years. Just a quick walk to downtown Port Stanley, you’ll find great shops, mouthwatering fare and so much more. Located at the heart of it all, Kettle Creek also has all the bells and whistles to make you feel right at home.

Marblehead, Ohio

located on the Marblehead Peninsula, the town of Marblehead is known as one of the best small towns in Ohio. This quaint waterfront village offers charm, historic landmarks, and a main street that is the definition of a small-town American vibe. This stunning coastal town, steeped in history, will slow your pace, make you forget your worries, and put a smile on your face.

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Shrock’s Marina

Shrock’s Marina is a much-loved, locally owned marina and has been family-operated for over 70 years. It makes for the perfect family vacation. The friendly staff will welcome you as you cruise up to the dock, and will feel like family before you leave. Along with its generous list of amenities, there’s a dock shop for boat supply and part needs, a snack shop, and Shrock’s Hidden Beach Bar with great outdoor harborside seating.

While enjoying all that Lake Erie has to offer, keep an eye out for Bessie. Just like the tales of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, there are tales of a colossal creature living in Lake Erie. Whether these stories are true or not, we can’t say. But we do know that it’s home to a magnificent creature that can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds – sturgeon. No need to be concerned, they’re pretty friendly and spend most of their time at the bottom of the lake.
Ready to experience Lake Erie? Choose one of our best destinations to dock on Lake Erie, or pick your own. Either way, tell Bessie we said “Hay!”
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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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