Lorain Harbor–Boat Ramp Hotwaters
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Tips for birding Lorain Harbor
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.
From Ken Andrews
About Lorain Harbor Boat Ramp
The Lorain Public Boat Ramp is located on First Street at Oberlin Avenue in downtown Lorain. The site is locally known as “Hot Waters” because of its location between a former power plant warm water discharge to the west and the former ore docks to the east.
Three of the six boat ramps are dedicated for launching vessels up to 24-feet and three are dedicated for boat recovery. Launching smaller watercraft vessels is permitted but may be restricted to the shallowest ramp on busy days. Fishing is permitted. A bait and tackle store is located at the site.
From Lake Erie Public Access Guide
Restrooms on site during boating season.