Some days are good…Summer better!

Officially summer has begun! We did have a good start to this week despite a forecast for the weekend that we may have to keep an eye on. Of course we will still get the marina ready for your family fun no matter the circumstances because the pool is a balmy 83 degrees and the drinks are served cold, that forecast you can count on!

Here’s what the early part of the week looked like here at your home-port:

So here’s hoping that you have a chance to get some Lake Life in and just get away from the stresses of an everyday routine, no matter the weather.


After all, it’s never too late to get some greenery, in your scenery…We hope to see you dockside at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!
Your Weekend Forecast (NWS):

South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming south 15 to
20 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to
3 feet.

South winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest. Showers
and thunderstorms likely. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4

West winds 5 to 15 knots. Showers and
thunderstorms likely in the evening. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding
to 1 to 3 feet.

West winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4
feet…then subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.

West winds 10 to 15 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day…then a chance of
showers Sunday night. Waves 2 feet or less.
Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.


It’s Fish Festival weekend in Vermilion, and it arrives with a BANG!

Tonight’s the night for the start of Vermilion’s Fish Festival so get ready. Tonight, June 16th, the Fish Festival committee will presenting the annual FIREWORKS kickoff! This exciting event will take place right off of Vermilion’s own breakwall at the entrance to the harbor.

(pic above by Scott Dommin courtesy of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, Fish Festival times and events here.)

Due to safety, and the fact it will be held at the mouth of the Vermilion River there are some issues that all boaters should be aware of. The details below were provided by the Festival of the Fish committee and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce:

  • Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map (below) of the area and please be aware of our safety zones that will be set in place.
  • The west entrance to the Vermilion River will not be accessible once the fireworks are placed on the break wall. We are asking that boaters use the east entrance to navigate both in and out of the Vermilion River .
  • There will be complete river closure starting at 9:30pm until 11pm.
  • The fireworks display is set to begin at 10:00pm.
  • There will be five to six temporary buoys set up 500’ around the detached break wall and boaters are permitted to watch the fireworks show on the north side of these buoys.
  • Both attached piers the one by Main Street Beach and the other by the lagoons beach will be off limits to spectators.
  • The fireworks display will be visible by personal boat on the Lake, Main Street Beach and Festival area.
  • Thank you in advance for understanding as we understand there maybe a few inconveniences.
(pic below just a generalized example for entertainment purposes).


So get ready to get a real bang out of your summer!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves 1 foot or less.

Southwest winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.

South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves
1 foot or less.

South winds 5 to 15 knots. A chance of showers
and thunderstorms in the evening…then showers and thunderstorms
likely overnight. Waves 2 feet or less.

South winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. Showers and thunderstorms during the day…then a
chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night. Waves 1 to
3 feet.

Safety first…. Free inspections get you in ship shape!

With Memorial Weekend soon approaching we are still in full launch mode here at the marina as we get boats in the water. One of the things you notice when you launch 250 or so boats is that many captains need to review their gear and most importantly their safety equipment.

With that in mind we have asked State Watercraft Officers to lend a hand Sunday June 25th 10am-2pm. The officers are going to provide free safety inspections to make sure you and your crew start the season out in the best way possible. So mark your calendars now, then check in Saturday June 25th and get your vessel all checked out.


If you can’t make that safety inspection and to help you start your season off right, the Vermilion Marine Patrol has given us a blank inspection sheet for you to use in preparing your safety gear for the upcoming season. Just click on the image below to enlarge it and print it.

After all the best captains are the ones who don’t rely on luck! See you dockside!


We’re a Launching…so don’t miss the boat!

Sounds catchy doesn’t it? When the Sun does eventually shine, temps roll up in the 70’s every day and the boats will start to make quite a splash around here. As you can see in the image below if you start with a good morning, it all flows smoothly from there.

So our job is to get going and get the boats in the water so our captains and crews can start enjoying the many days of boating ahead.


For those looking for a place to drop anchor, we have a good selection of docks available, but some of those are going fast so make sure you stop by and get yours now.

Remember Memorial Day weekend is getting closer as every day we tick off the calendar in May is a day closer to kickoff. So make sure you have your ship in shape and get those launch orders filled out and turned in soon. You don’t want to miss the boat!


Why wait for your ship to come in?…. We’re launching at your homeport!

Was a pretty good week dockside at your homeport, we launched some boats, then launched some more, then…well…launched a couple more; so we really are making a splash at your family fun marina.

Some Captains and Crew have even taken to the lake in search of Walleye before the water gets too warm and the big eyes go deep. Though this time of year everyone has to use caution out on Lake Erie when she’s only in the high 40’s lower 50’s.  Not quite bathing suit weather just yet.

We encourage our dockers to check their launch orders over and get those turned in so we can get you on the schedule. Also, those already in should go through their safety gear and make sure everything is in order prior to heading out.

Then for those still looking for a nice place to drop anchor, stop by Romp’s Lake Erie Marina and let us show you what we have  to offer. (such as here, here and here

It won’t be long before Summer will be right around the corner and you wouldn’t want to miss the boat!

Launch the boats, Launch the boats, Launch the boats….rinse, repeat.

Also, for best results…just add water!.. We know it’s kinda campy, but we are pleased that despite a week of up and down weather we were able to make quite a splash at your home-port with boat after boat headed toward the docks.

With every boat we launch the marina starts to look a little more like summer. In fact we’ve even taken a spin out on the Lake today and though it looks like occasional rain, it was nice to get that “Erie” feeling being back on the water again.

So if your still debating what needs done to get your boat ready, stop by and let us help you get your launch order filled out so you can be the next vessel sitting at the dock in ship-shape, ready to go.

We will be open 9-5  both Saturday and Sunday and hope to see you dockside.

Dairy Dock is back!…Because Sprinkles are for Winners….

There’s a chance of Oreo Flurrys in the forecast for today! Dairy Dock returns as Vermilion’s official kick off to spring opens today at 11:30am. Ice Cream aficionados can finally get out and about today for their favorite Cones, Shakes and Flurrys as we look forward to the Summer Season ahead.


Despite the overcast skies, it is still a sure sign of sunny days ahead!


We hope to see you at the Double D!..

On the Waterfront…Where work meets play!

What if we told you, you could work and play in the same exact location? In fact why spend all your time in a car driving from one location then to the other? Now you can do both because Romp’s now has office space available right on the river front.


Above is the view from the office entrance.

The inside of the office has just been reconditioned with new carpet and paint. Office size is 600 sg. ft. and includes a bathroom , water, electric, A/C, and gas. Private parking for one car provided with additional public spots as well.

The office comes with two closets with lots of open space and lighting. Within walking distance to downtown Vermilion, including many fine restaurants and shops.

So don’t miss out this opportunity get in on the only spot in town where you can work, then walk outside right onto where play begins. Call us for pricing and other terms and conditions.

Also for those interested in information on docking this summer, we are now open Saturday AND Sunday 10-3 at your Family Fun Marina.We hope to see you dockside!

More from the Shore….Docks making a splash at your homeport!

What nice weather we have had this week. Taking advantage of a little sunshine and some mild temps we were able to get started putting the docks in, as we inch closer toward launch.

Of course this is just the very beginning, but compared to last year where we were waiting for ice to melt, we are feeling good about getting an early start to spring.

Another sign of spring arrives very soon for Romp’s Captain’s and their crews as Launch Orders are coming soon to a mailbox near you. So you will have plenty of time to think over your game plan for splashdown.

Finally, for those of you looking for a place for your boat to call home. We are now Open Saturdays from 10-3 stop by and let us show you what we have to offer!

Hope to see you dockside!