Ashtabula City Port Authority - Stimulating Development in Ashtabula
Marinas, Fishing and Other Places of Interest
The Ashtabula Harbor boasts eleven marinas and yacht clubs located along the Ashtabula Riverfront.  A variety of services are provided by the marinas, including seasonal dock space, overnight dock space, camping, picnic facilities, boat launching ramps and winter storage.  Our Harbormaster is Ron Phelps, who can be contacted at Jack's Marine (440-997-5060).
The June/July 2009 Outdoor Life Magazine listed Ashtabula in their top 200 Towns for Outdoorsmen!  Ashtabula was ranked #1 for "Top Towns for Whitetails" and #102 overall.
Great Lakes Facts                     Source: U.S. EPA
Lake Superior    
Average depth: 483 feet   Time a drop of water is retained: 191 years
Lake Michigan
Average depth: 279 feet   Time a drop of water is retained: 99 years
Lake Huron
Average depth: 195 feet   Time a drop of water is retained: 22 years
Lake Erie
Average depth: 62 feet   Time a drop of water is retained: 2.6 years
Lake Ontario
Average depth: 283feet   Time a drop of water is retained: 6 years
Ashtabula River Marinas
Archway Marina
1500 Great Lakes
Ashtabula Yacht Club
970 West 5th Street
Brockway North Coast Marina
115 East 24th Street
Harbor Yacht Club
1833 Giannell Avenue
Jack's Marine
2000 Great Lakes Avenue
Kister Marina
950 West 5th Street
Marshall Marine
529 Front Street
River Marine
465 East 5th Street
Riverside Yacht Club
183 East 15th Street
Sutherland Marine
970 Bridge Street
Transient Dock on the Ashtabula River
The Port Authority's Transient Dock is located on the west side of the riverfront, just north of the Bascule Lift Bridge.  The 250' long dock was built in 2001 to accomodate visiting boaters.  The dock features a free sanitary pump out station ~ the only one on Lake Erie, access to Bridge Street retailers and daytime docking visits. The Asthabula Harbor's transient dock is a perfect place for travelling boaters to stop for a brief (two hours max.) layover.  Overnight boaters will need to stay in one of the local marinas.  (See list above for marinas that provide overnight docking accomodations.)  The Transient Dock area is available for community functions.  Call 440-992-7154 for details of reserving this space.
Boat Launching Facilities
Visitors can launch their trailored boats at ARU or Brockway North Coast Marina on the Ashtabula River and also at Lakeshore Park.  Fees do apply for boat launching.
Ashtabula River / ARU
1500 Great Lakes, Ashtabula
Hours 6am - 7pm Weekdays
5:30 am - 7:30 pm Weekends and Holidays
Boat Lauching Fees: $6 per boat no, size limit
Contact: Tony Ellis
Ashtabula River / Brockway North Coast Marina
115 East 24th Street, Ashtabula
Launching available for members
Lakeshore Park / Lake Shore Bait & Tackle
81 Minnesota Avenue, Ashtabula
Open 7 days a week / 6 am - 8 pm
Boat Launching Fees: $5/day; $80 for a season pass; $60 for a season pass if purchased before April - no size limit
Contact: Vince Allen & Susan Smith
Fishing Information
Steelhead fishing is excellent in the Ashtabula River between late October until April, barring the river freezing over.  Perch fishing peaks in September-October. Walleye fishing is great throughout the warmer months of summer - June through September.  Don't forget, the Wine & Walleye Festival (Aug. 28th & 29th, 2010) has a Walleye fishing tournament!
Steelhead Fishing
Steelhead trout fishing on both Lake Erie and the Ashtabula River attracts not only local fisherman, but fisherman from many parts of the country.  The fishing season in the river starts in early- October and ends late-April.  Many trout are caught by fly fisherman, as well as those preferring to use natural bait and a spinning rod.  A typical Steelhead trout weighs five pounds with an occasional twelve pounder making headlines in our local newspaper.  The Ashtabula River attained scenic river status in October 28, 2008 which it well deserves.  The combination of excellent fishingand a beautiful river provide a most enjoyable day.  Access to the Ashtabula River for Steelhead fishing include: East 24th Street, Harmon Hill Road and State Road (just off the Smolen-Gulf covered bridge).
Fishing Tackle/Bait Shops
Ashtabula River / ARU- Conrad's Bait & Tackle
1500 Great Lakes Ave./ 440-992-4220
Hours: 6am - 7pm Weekdays
5:30 am - 7:30 pm Weekends and Holidays
Contact: Tony Ellis
Ashtabula River / River Marine
465 East 5th Street / 440-964-3474
Hours: 5:30am - dark, depending on weather
7 Days a week and Holidays
Fish Cleaning, Gasoline, Diesel and Bait
Lakeshore Park - Lake Shore Bait & Tackle
81 Minnesota Avenue, Ashtabula / 440-964-3174
Open 7 days a week
6 am - 8 pm
Boat Launching Fees: $5/day; $80 for a season pass
($60 per season pass before April)
Contact: Vince Allen & Susan Smith
Fish Cleaning Services
Fish Cleaning Shack
2000 Great Lakes Avenue, Ashtabula  44004
Phone: 440-862-6181
Marine Channel: 09
River Marine
465 East 5th Street
Phone: 440-964-3474
Marine Channel: 16
Marine Assist
This service is available in Ashtabula for towing broken vessels.
Captain Steve Johnston, Chief Pilot
P.O. Box 854, Geneva, OH  44041
Office: 440-466-3254
Cell: 440-994-4664
VHF Channel 16
Other Boating Needs
Division of Watercraft - Office located on the east side of the Ashtabula River
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 4:30 pm
1 Front St. / Ashtabula Ohio 44004
US Coast Guard Station Ashtabula - Located on the west side of the Ashtabula River
401 Morton Dr / Ashtabula, OH 44004
(440) 964-8214
The Historic Harbor District
Bridge Street / "Fifth Street" on your gps!
Historic Bridge Street is located in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Ashtabula River.  It is a functioning harbor supporting the coal and ore industries, aggregates, recreational boating and sailing, etc. 
Bridge Street hosts a variety of specialty shops and restaurants in turn of the century buildings ~ a perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying Ashtabula. Bridge Street is also less than a quarter of a mile from beautiful Walnut Beach, a natural and pristine beach situated on Lake Erie. 
Ashtabula Lighthouse
The Ashtabula Harbor's lighthouse was established in 1836, and rebuilt again in 1905 and 1916. The light has been automated since 1973 and is still active. The original Fourth Order Fresnel lens was replaced in 1995 and the old unit is currently on display at the Great Lakes Marine and US Coast Guard Museum in Ashtabula. This museum was the original Keeper’s house for the light and offers spectacular views of the harbor, coal dock and lighthouse. The light is located on a long breakwall that could be very treacherous to walk to the light, so the best way to see it closely is by boat. The light does not offer tours, however there are hopes of renovation work to be completed at an undetermined date.  It is located at the end of Ashtabula Harbor breakwall and can be viewed from Point Park and Walnut Beach.
Point Park   
Overlooks the Ashtabula Harbor, river, coal conveyor, shipping docks, lift bridge. Visit the historic Hulett Ore Unloader on display and the Merchant Marine Memorial.  Point Park is located at the east end of Walnut Blvd.
Walnut Beach
Ashtabula's public beach located at Walnut Blvd. & Lake Ave.  The Walnut Beach concession stand is open at 8 a.m. serving breakfast 7 days a week. A variety of grill items and sandwiches, french fries, cold drinks, snow cones, Hershey's Premium Ice Cream and #10-bagged ice is available.
Covered pavillions are available for parties, reunions and special events. Call 440-964-0217 for details. Spectators can watch beach volleyball games from the patio with a plank walkway to the beach. Lifeguards until 6pm.
Beach cleaning
Beach cleaning
Workers prepare for the summer season with the City's beach cleaning machine.
Ashtabula Harbor Museums
  • Ashtabula Lighthouse Restoration & Preservation Society - dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse. Sponsors annual Lighthouse Summerfest Celebration. FMI:
  • Great Lakes Marine & Coast Guard Memorial Museum (Aka: Ashtabula Maritime Museum)  Holds treasures of the Great Lakes. Contains thousands of pictures showing the historical history of the Great Lakes and the Ashtabula Harbor.  Visit:
  • Finnish-American Heritage Assoc. & Cultural Center/Museum
Actively records, presents programs, celebrates and collects artifacts of Finnish Heritage as it effects Ashtabula History, and the coming of Finnish people to Colonial America in 1638 A.D.   E-mail Linda Riddell, founder/trustee & program chr, at:
  • Hubbard House Museum
The only northern terminus of the Underground Railroad open to the public it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 (Building #73001385). Experience life in the Connecticut Western Reserve in the middle third of the 19th century at the circa 1841 home of William and Catharine Hubbard.  Visit: for more information.
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