WoolyBear Weekend..A bit of Caterpillar Craziness.

This weekend could be a “Bear”, and that’s a good thing.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Woolybear Festival arrives in Vermilion and with it some terrific temps for boaters.



For those of you unfamiliar with the Woolybear festival it started as a small project of Dick Goddard involving the forecasting of winter, and grew over the years to nearly 100,000 folks visiting our little town. The Woolybear Caterpillar is said to be a great predictor of the upcoming winter season. The thicker the coat, and varied dimensions of the Woolybears rings the harsher the winter and then again the lighter the coat and coloring the fairer the cold conditions are said to be.

Of course it’s more then just about bugs, there will be entertainment, food stuffs and all kinds of family friendly activity throughout the downtown.



This all takes place Sunday the 10th.

What this means for Romp’s Dockers

Not much will change here at Romp’s. You still will be able to access the marina like usual, and your dockside parking will not be affected. There will be kids out front of the marina parking cars for Vermilion Soccer club. They will let any marina dockers pass without issue.

The only thing you need concern yourselves with will be traffic. There will be a lot of folks coming into town, and a parade at mid-day so please plan ahead. Come early or wait till late afternoon.

We hope to see you dockside.

Times…They’re a changing..Fall Preview Edition

The times are a changing…

Well it was a pretty good run, but with the passing of a great Labor Day Weekend we also mush pass along information about “R” fall schedule.

Fall leaves

The weather is un-be-leafable.

First, with the passing of Labor Day Putter Port is now closed for the season. We thank all those who stopped by and enjoyed their time with us. We really appreciate the support! The Pool will be closed for the season starting Tuesday Sept 7th.

Next up, our store/gas dock hours will revert to the fall schedule as well: Store/Office/Gas Dock open 9-5 daily.


Dairy Dock Closes soon…

Also, the Dairy Dock will be on “School Hours” and closing at 9pm daily. Double D will be wrapping up operations as September 12th will be the last day of the season for the stand. We really thank everyone who visited the dock this year, we are very grateful for your business.

We hope we have provided a place to relax, be safe, and enjoy life a little. Thanks everyone for your support, we very much appreciate it.

Labor Day Weekend Arrives..Time to Chill and Grill!

Just Chill’n and Grill’N

President Abraham Lincoln once said that “Labor is the superior of capitol” and boy did he get that right. As all the hardworking folks who dock at Romp’s can attest, this weekend is well deserved time off from the daily grind and, more importantly, time to relax and have some fun.


We’re doing some pool-ups!

Labor Day also brings with it a change in seasons at our home-port. This may be the last weekend of the season for the pool as it closes for the year sometime in the following week. So we hope you get out and make a splash!

Finally, we also have to add that Putter-Port will be open from 11am to 9pm Sat-Sun-Mon this weekend, then will close for the season as well. So now is the time to get the crew onto the back 9.


Whether your just chill’n or grill’n…

We hope you enjoy your weekend at your Family Fun Marina. We hope to see you dockside!

Store-Gas Dock hours this weekend will be 8am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday-Monday

Putter Port is open from 10am to 9pm Saturday-Sunday-Monday

Dairy Dock is open from 11am to 9pm as well.



Dairy Dock and Putter Port back to school schedules..

Hey all, we have had a great summer here at your homeport. That said, the “back to school” time of year has arrived and with it the departure of some of our staff as they head back to the classroom.

So the Dairy Dock hours are now 11am to 9pm daily.

Following that, our Putter Port Hours are 10am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday, we will be closed weekdays.

We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you dockside!


Happy 245th Birthday Uncle Sam!


245 is a lot of candles….

Happy Birthday America, you look great for any age; to the greatest country on earth we salute you. Freedom and Independence built this country and we hope you get a chance to enjoy a day of both here at your home-port this holiday!


This land is your land…

And although Vermilion already had its fireworks during the Fish Festival, there will still be some fireworks from Cedar Point for you to view if traveling on the water this weekend as they celebrate their 151 year anniversary. All we need is some favorable lake conditions. On another quick note, there is some construction on Liberty and near Vermilion Road for travel to and from your family fun marina, so take note on this busy holiday.

Oh, and remember sunscreen!


Important Safety Notice:

As we all know the marina has hundreds of boats docked that are full of gasoline, our environment is not suited for any type of fireworks. So we ask that for the safety of all of our Captain’s, Crew, Guests and their property; that fireworks on Romp’s Property are strictly prohibited.

Putter Port Returns…May the course be with you!

Get back into the swing of things..

Just a quick note to let you know the links are open here at your homeport. So if you have been yearing to hit the back nine, Putter Port is open from 10am to 10pm 7 days a week.

Also for those looking for that perfect selfy, we have you covered at the all new Putter Port Big Chair!

We hope to see you on the links!

Getting Prop-pared for Memorial Weekend…

With gratitude, we remember…

First we start with remembering and honoring all the brave souls who fought in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from battle. We are truly grateful.

Now we get to celebrate and enjoy the very freedom so many have fought so hard for.

Anchor yourself right here this weekend!

Of course with the official start to the boating season we have some news to share, the Marina Store/Office will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8am to 6pm. Followed May 27th, when our weekday hours will be 9am to 6pm. The pool opens this weekend from 10am to 5:45pm, the pool will be weekends only until June 8th.

Putter Port will have a delayed opening due to some supply chain issues. As soon as we get the course together we will get it open for your enjoyment.

From the Ding and Dent department:

Also, please note for your safety:

The water is approximately 15 inches lower along the lakeshore then last year at this time. So please head north a bit into deeper water when leaving the harbor and traveling along the lake shore. We have had a couple of captains already run into trouble.

prop gone

Enjoy your weekend we hope to see you dockside!

Dairy Dock is now open Mateys..

We believe “Cone”-gratulations are in order…

An annual Vermilion tradition returns signaling the official start to our “Sweet Season” here at your home-port as last Thursday Dairy Dock opened (April 22nd) at 11:00am.

Because Sprinkles are for winners!

It won’t matter if your a chocolate or vanilla kind of person, we hope you are just ready for some well deserved treats after a long winter break.

Ice cream

You don’t have to be a reporter to get this scoop!

So hang in there because soon you can hang out with us, at the dock.

Open 11:am to 9pm Daily!

Have a Delicious Day!


Excuse our work zone….

Shiver Me Timbers

We know it’s orange cone season out on the highways, but here at your homeport we are under construction in a different way. We are building toward a better summer…

dd playground

 A boat load of fun…

With summer and Ice Cream right around the corner with Dairy Dock opening day slated for April 22nd. We thought it a good idea to preview our coming attraction. While it is only partially finished we think you can see that the pirates have done Arrrrrrr right.

Next up – Putter Port

You will also see vehicles showing up and working at Putter Port, while it may cause folks some stress to see things removed, rest assured a newer Putter Port is going back in. We look forward to previewing that in the weeks to come.

We hope to see you dockside at your family fun marina.


Egg-cited for Easter…

Just a quick post to let you know that the docks are in and ready to go, dockside electric is on as is dockside water. Even dock boxes are out along with picnic tables.

Also, more importantly, we wish all of our captains and crew a very Happy Easter Weekend and look forward to the season ahead. The Marine Store/Office will be open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 4pm on Easter Sunday.

We hope to see you dockside!