Lorain Harbor–Boat Ramp Hotwaters

Lorain Public Boat Ramp
Lorain, Ohio 44052

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Lorain Harbor–Boat Ramp Hotwaters
Coordinates: 41.471718, -82.188195
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The city of Lorain’s nearly 2-acre Public Boat Ramp provides six ramps and three parking lots for direct Lake Erie boating access. Entrance to the site is north of the Oberlin Avenue and First Street intersection with one-way traffic directed to exit on the drive and parking lot along First Street near the Hamilton Avenue intersections

This site is Lorain’s oldest boat launch and is locally known as “Hot Waters” because of its location between a power plant warm water discharge on the west and the former ore docks to the east (now the Lorain Public Fishing Pier access site).

Fishing access is provided around the perimeter of the on-water asphalt parking lot which has car-trailer and car-only parking. A second gravel lot is just east of the launch ramps and a third asphalt lot is about 100 years south of the launch.

The Public Boat Ramp is a city of Lorain adopt-a-spot location adopted by the Polish Fisherman’s Club. The site includes a bait and tackle store which also sells ice and some food items.
From Ken Andrews

About Lorain Harbor Boat Ramp Hotwaters
The city of Lorain’s nearly 2-acre Public Boat Ramp provides six ramps and three parking lots for direct Lake Erie boating access. Entrance to the site is north of the Oberlin Avenue and First Street intersection with one-way traffic directed to exit on the drive and parking lot along First Street near the Hamilton Avenue intersection.

This site is Lorain’s oldest boat launch and is locally known as “Hot Waters” because of its location between a power plant’s warm water discharge on the west and the former ore docks to the east (now the Lorain Public Fishing Pier access site).

Three of the boat ramps are dedicated for launching vessels up to 24 feet long and three are dedicated to boat recovery. Launching of personal watercraft is allowed but may be restricted to the shallowest launch lane on busy days. Boaters are reminded to follow the 100-yard “No Wake” zone which extends from the end of the pier into Lorain Harbor.

Fishing access is provided around the perimeter of the on-water asphalt parking lot which has car-trailer and car-only parking. A second gravel lot is just east of the launch ramps and a third asphalt lot is about 100 yards south of the launch.

The public boat ramp is a city of Lorain Adopt-a-Spot location adopted by the Polish Fisherman’s Club.

Restrooms on site during boating season.