Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
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. The site includes a bait and tackle store which also sells ice and some food items.
From Ken Andrews
The Lorain Harbor is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
About Lorain Harbor Fishing Pier
The city of Lorain’s 25.5-acre Public Fishing Pier provides access to the Black River and Lake Erie inside the Lorain Harbor.
Surrounded by a green fence, three unmarked openings provide pier access. Two entrances are north of 1st Street, just west of, and at the Washington Avenue intersection. The third entrance is off Black River Lane just east of the Broadway Street intersection. All entrances are north of US-6.
The public fishing access starts near the foot of the 1,052-foot Charles Berry Bridge which spans the Black River. The bridge is the largest double-leaf bascule-style bridge in the United States. From the bridge, a paved concrete handicap- accessible bulkhead used for fishing and walking extends for more than a half-mile along the river, north into Lorain Harbor.
The land west of the bulkhead is divided into three distinct sections. The southern third is covered in gravel and painted with lines to aid in parking. At times, city of Lorain vehicles including police cruisers are parked here. Vehicles are permitted to drive to the pier’s northern extent which is mostly well-packed dirt. The north section is split by a shipping slip; fishing is allowed along both sides.
The pier’s midsection is being overtaken by wetland and grasses, a stark contrast to the pier’s industrial past as the former site of Lorain’s Hulett Automatic Ore Unloaders and iron ore piles.
Restrooms at Boat Ramp (during boating season) and Black River Landing (portable toilets).
From the Charles Berry Bridge, a paved concrete handicap accessible bulkhead used for fishing and walking extends for more than a half-mile along the river, north into Lorain Harbor.