THE PENINSULA OF MARBLEHEAD/LAKESIDE AND PORT CLINTON IS BEST KNOWN AS THE WALLEYE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
Our area has been known as Vacationland since the 1940’s, and it has became better known as the “Walleye Capital of the World” hosting annual fishing tournaments. Local businesses and residents embrace their maritime roots and their fishing and lake-side culture, including their Walleye Festival and quirky “Walleye Drop” at New Years Eve. The Marblehead and Port Clinton area enjoy its reknown for having the best fishing waters in Ohio. See more about fishing HERE.
This area is probably one of the best kept secrets in Ohio. Danbury Township rests the residents of the Township, of the Village of Marblehead, and of Lakeside. Rural Danbury Township has a history of farming and fishing, so there are roadside stands selling locally-grown vegetables and fruits and marinas offering kayak rentals. A two-minute drive takes you Rt. 163 and then into the Marblehead Village to reach ferry to the Lake Erie Islands, to browse the unique shops, visit the Marblehead Lighthouse, and the Keeper’s House. Established in 1873 the private community of historical Lakeside is the one of only a few continuously operating Chautauquas in America.
(A note about parking in Lakeside: For your visit to Lakeside, the best place to park in the summer weekends and holidays is the Danbury school lot because the south lot fills quickly. If you are planning your trip midweek, then the south lot is more open. Lakeside runs shuttles all day to both parking lots. For general questions about Lakeside, the best number to call is the Lakeside Chautauqua at 419-798-4461. They will have the most up to date information.) See more about our history HERE.
Walking through Port Clinton, a city of more than 6,000 people, there is a mix of new and old with Madison Street and E. Perry Street comprising the downtown core. From being able to catch walk-on fishing charters at one of the several area marinas to Port Clinton’s turn of the century courthouse, the area has been a tourist destination for many years. Catch a ferry to Lake Erie Islands. Visit the city’s beach, join others for birdwatching or ““The Biggest Week in American Birding”, explore the museums, and sit along the river or at the shore of one of Port Clinton’s restaurants. The reconstructed Port Clinton Lighthouse and The Boat House are must-see recreated historical wonders. Learn more HERE.
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