Lake Erie ice fishing access available at Camp Perry

Feb 17, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 1 comment

Ice fishermen have been focused on the bluegills and yellow perch in East Harbor on the Marblehead Peninsula for a couple of weeks. The top area is off the park kayak launch (above). With an Arctic blast thickening the ice on Lake Erie off the Catawba Peninsula and Camp Perry, the walleye fishing is expected to begin to draw crowds this week. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

Anglers looking for an access point to Lake Erie for ice fishing are encouraged to visit Camp Perry just west of Port Clinton, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Ice fishing access at Camp Perry opened on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The base has 200 parking spaces available each day and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Ice fishing parking is available from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. All vehicles are required to exit the base prior to the closing time.

All vehicles are required to check in upon arrival. A $15 fee will be charged by Camp Perry per vehicle, per day, and parking is permitted in designated locations only. Camp Perry is located on State Route 2, just west of the Portage River. Questions can be directed to Camp Perry at 888-889-7010.

Anglers are reminded that no ice is safe ice. Visit for ice fishing safety tips and additional information.

Look for the Lake Erie ice to thicken off of the Catawba Peninsula this week, which should bring a crowd of walleye fishermen to Ottawa County.

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  1. Alan Vincent SKYE

    Is access for foot traffic only?


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