BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN
The Resort at Erie Landing in Port Clinton has been making waves in the Lake Erie Islands area, and General Manager Mike Schenk is meeting the demand for reservations by constructing 180 new, double-sized lots for 2022 that can handle the largest recreational vehicles and all of the toys visitors bring to Vacationland.
“We have already received 60 reservations for the new sites,” said Schenk. “Many RVers like to socialize with friends and family, and that often means camping in the same area. We have the room, and so much to offer at the Resort at Erie Landing — and so many nearby attractions around this amazing area along the Lake Erie shoreline.
“The new RV sites are both extra wide and extra long, to provide ample space in a wonderful country setting,” said Schenk. “All of the sites have heavy-duty 50-amp electrical, county water lines and sewer hookups.”
The Resort at Erie Landing, 4495 W. Darr-Hopfinger Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio, is nestled on 375 spacious acres and has 230 strategically-placed camping sites with all of the amenities surrounded by ponds and green space. There are a large number of 3-bedroom villas that sleep up to six people, and loft cottages to accommodate up to four people.
The recreation center features a large swimming pool and a fitness center.
“We offer annual recreation center passes to the Resort at Erie Landing, and the indoor pool and fitness center is open year round to members,” said Schenk.
“The traditions of camping are still a mainstay at The Resort at Erie Landing,” said Schenk. “For many, sitting around a campfire at night, enjoying nature with friends or camp neighbors is a wonderful part of the experience.”
A great many RVers arrive towing a fishing boat or jet ski. They can utilize the resort’s full service marina, which leads to the Portage River and on to Lake Erie at the City of Port Clinton, a 35-minute boat ride away, said Schenk.
The Portage River is the perfect ski boat and jet ski destination with its broad, protected waters, a bonus for leisurely family boating. Kayaking is also popular on the Portage River, and on the local Lake Erie Islands Water Trails, which include the Ohio mainland’s East and West Harbors.
Sprawling Lake Erie has been heralded by the Ohio Division of Wildlife as the world’s best lake for walleye fishing, and a great place to fill a cooler with yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and other popular species of game fish. More than 700 licensed fishing guides dock along the Lake Erie shoreline, focusing on plentiful walleye, and public boat launches dot the shoreline.
Ferry services take passengers and their vehicles to popular bars and restaurants in Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island, and Kelleys Island. An open-air stage in downtown Port Clinton, just minutes away, features popular bands all summer long, a variety of taverns, restaurants and a sandy Lake Erie beach and a picturesque lighthouse.