The following public marinas and boat launches are
available to get your boat into Pennsylvania's
waters of Lake Erie.
For information on listing your marina, click HERE.
West of the City of Erie
Elk Creek Access Area
at the mouth of Elk Creek in Girard Township. From
Route 5 it is about one-half mile west of Route 18.
is a launch area only. It has no piers or slips.
This area provides only minimal facilities.
Although the mouth is dredged periodically, the
mouth is frequently very shallow and larger
lake-bound boats will have a difficult time
accessing the lake from this site. For additional
information, see the description of this area at
Creek Access Area
is the best access area on the west side of the
City. It is operated by the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat
It is located in Fairview Township off Manchester
Road (Township Road 4007) in Fairview Township,
about 2 miles east of State Route 98. Its loran
coordinates are 28872.9/58390.7.
marina is located a few hundred yards up Walnut
Creek. Exiting the access area and through a short,
well maintained (but narrow) channel puts you
directly into Lake Erie. A red flasher marks the
Walnut Creek Access Area has 72 slips. The facility
has multiple launches, PFBC officials on site
(during the boating season), paved parking areas,
restrooms, night lighting, pay phones and soda
machines. It is open 24 hours a day in season
(but the marina is not staffed 24 hours like in the past).
The access is
well maintained and practically all fishing boats
can be launched from this site. This site can be
crowded during the peak of walleye season from July
through Labor Day.
access area can be reached at 814.833.2464. You
also may call and inquire about the conditions on
Vista boat launch is located at the third parking
lot from the entrance of the Park on the Bay side.
It is small and unimproved. It is suitable only for
car top boats or very small trailered boats.
Niagara Boat Launch is located on the Bay just
north of the Administration building. It has two
ramps which can accommodate small to medium size
Isle Marina is located on the bay side of Presque
Isle State Park. The Park is located at the foot of
State Route 832 (Peninsula Drive) in Millcreek
Township, west of the City of Erie. The marina is
operated by the State. The marina channel exits to
Presque Isle Bay, a short distance to the channel
from the Bay to Lake Erie. The channel to the
marina has range markers.
Presque Isle Marina has 473 slips and can
accommodate boats up to 42 feet in length. It has
four public launch ramps. The marina is open from
May 1 through October 31. Boat fuel (both gasoline
and diesel), sewage pump out, ice, restrooms,
showers, picnic facilities and snacks are available
at the marina. Transient slips are available, some
with electricity and water. The access is well
maintained and practically all fishing boats can be
launched from this site. This site can be crowded
during the peak of the Park boating season.
marina can be reached at 814.833.0176.
Isle Canoe and Boat Rental and Lagoon Launches
Presque Isle Canoe and Boat Rental is located on
Presque Isle State Park just past the Perry
Monument. It is located in Grave Yard Pond at the
entrance to the lagoons. The marina is operated by
the State. The marina channel exits into Misery
Bay, which exits into Presque Isle Bay. There are two launches at this location and most smaller boats can be launched from the larger site, which has two launch lanes. This area is at the
furthest point into the lagoons which motor boats
are permitted. This is a popular launch area for boats
that intend to fish in Misery Bay.
marina can be reached at 814.838.3938.
Misery Bay Hand Launches
are several small, unimproved boat launches along
Misery Bay, north of Perry's Monument and the
bridge into the lagoons. The old Lawrence Boat
Launch is located here. These are suitable only for
car top boats and very small trailered boats.
City of Erie
Harbor Marina has a public boat launch operated by
It can accommodate good-sized boats. It is open 24
hours a day. The launch is located off the Bayfront
Parkway immediately east of Shakespier's
restaurant. There is sign along the Bayfront
Highway for the launch. Parking is available
between the Bayfront Parkway and the water.
Chestnut Street Ramp is located at the foot of
Chestnut Street on the west side of the City.
Chestnut Street really does not go all the way
north to the Bay. This launch is accessed off the
Bayfront Parkway, which continues where Interstate
79 ends. The access area is past several private
marinas, and right beside the City's water
treatment plant. It is a short distance west of
Dobbin's Landing (i.e., the Public Dock, located at
the foot of State Street in the center of the City
of Erie). The Chestnut Street facility is operated
by the Erie-Western
facility was recently renovated. It has two
launches and a paved lot. It has no other
facilities. It is on the city side of the Bay,
almost directly across the Bay from the channel out
of the Presque Isle Marina.
In 2000 this ramp has been in disrepair and the Port Authority has not put in the ramps. Although small boats can still hand-launch here, larger boats will have difficulty both because of the absence of the ramps, and because the low water levels in the Bay cause the end of the concrete underwater ramp to end too soon and you could find your trailer stuck off the end of the concrete.
Wolverine Park Marina
Wolverine Park Marina is a 100% transient (overnight) facility located south of Dobbins Landing on the west side of State Street,
close to Smith's Bait Stand. It has 45 slips available, with floating docks, electric and water. Showers, rest rooms and laundry are available
for guests. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Rates are about $1.30 per foot (discounts are available), and boats up to 100' can be accomodated.
The address is 34 State Street, and the phone is 814.874.0698.
For more information, click HERE.
is the best, largest and most-popular facility in
the City. It is operated by the Erie-Western
It is located behind a breakwall in Lake Erie.
Exiting the small channel puts you directly in the
lake, just east and south of the entrance to the
channel to Presque Isle Bay.
is located off the Port Access Road. This road can
be accessed only off the Bayfront Parkway, which
continues where Interstate 79 ends. Travel on the
Bayfront Parkway east of the center of the City
(Dobbin's Landing on State Street is the center of
town). The Port Access Road is about a mile east,
just beyond the City sewer treatment plant.
has 252 slips for boats 16' to 30'. The facility
has multiple launches, boat fuel, paved and unpaved
parking areas, restrooms, night lighting, pay
phones and soda machines. It is open 24 hours a day
in season. The access is well maintained and
practically all fishing boats can be launched from
this site. This site can be crowded during the peak
of walleye season from July through Labor Day.
marina can be reached at 814.455.7557 Ext. 228.
Avenue Boat Launch
East Avenue boat launch is a medium-sized facility located at
the foot of East Avenue on Erie's east side. To
access the launch site, go to the foot of East
Avenue. (If you are going east on the Bayfront Highway, continue east past the turn to Lampe to the end of the road to East Avenue and turn left or north on East Avenue). At the end of East Avenue turn right or east at the gate to the
Erie Cork Corporation and follow the paved road to
launch is in the lake behind an man-made breakwall.
It has four launches
and can accommodate up to medium-large boats. It has a
sizable paved parking lot. This launch, along with Lampe, are the two best launchs and both put you right into Lake Erie, not the Bay.
launch was completely renovated in the Spring of 2001 and is now a very nice launch facility. For pictures of the launch taken in May 2001 please click HERE.
East of the City of Erie
Lawrence Park ramp is a small ramp located off
Lakeside Drive in Lawrence Park. It is in the lake.
It is not suitable for larger boats. Paved parking
Beach Park Launch
is a small launch located on Eight Mile Creek. It
is located off US Route 5 near Bartlett Road in
Harborcreek Township. It is in the lake. It is not
suitable for larger boats.
is the best access area on the east side of Erie
County. It is owned by the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat
and since 1999 it has been operated by Tim and Pam
Truitt of North East Marine Services, Inc. It is
located off US Route 5 about 2.5 miles east of
Route 89 and about 1.8 miles west of the New York
State line. Its loran coordinates are
marina is located behind a breakwall on Lake Erie.
North East Marina has 220 slips. 88 slips have both
water and electric. Approximately 30 transient
slips are available without water or electricity
for $10 per night and 5 transient slips are
available with water and electricity for $20 per
night. Transient boats must be under 33 feet in
length. The facility has four launch lanes,
gasoline, showers for seasonal renters, restrooms,
a tackle shop including live bait, fishing
licenses, boating and trailer accessories, and
inside and outside winter boat storage. This is an official fish weigh station and
the Pa.F&BC maintains a patrol boat at the
marina. It is open from April 15 to October 31. It
is open 24 hours a day in season. The marina has
parking for 150 cars and trailers.
access area can be reached at 814.725.8244. Its web address is: http://www.northeastmarina.com and its email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.