Some News to Gooble Up…Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

Turkey Day arrives just in time for family and fun.

We want to take a minute to thank all of our Captains and Crew for a great boating season. With Thanksgiving week arriving, we hope you get a chance to enjoy your time with family and friends. We also hope that any travels you may have are safe and not too much of a hassle.

Below is the first Romp’s Thanksgiving (imagined)


Turkey Day

We kid of course, but one of things we do need to share with you is the Marina’s hours will be a little different this week.

Romp’s will be closed Weds through Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving.

However, if an urgent situation arises and you need assistance just call us and leave a message or email us and we will get back to you. We are in and out of the marina several times a day even when on break.

We will be back at it on Monday, Nov 28th.



This is a season of thanks, and we here at your homeport are very grateful, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Labor Day Weekend Arrives…It’s aboat time!

Just Chill’n and Grill’N

President Abraham Lincoln once said that “Labor is the superior of capitol”. 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. The weekend more importantly, is for time to relax and have some fun with family and loved ones. The last big holiday of the summer boating season.


We’re doing some pool-ups!

Labor Day also brings with it a change in seasons at our home-port. This will 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!

Last time for the Tees

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.



246 Candles on Uncle Sam’s Birthday Cake!..and more your weekend update.


246 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!

boat with flag

This land is your land…

And although Vermilion suffered a fireworks setback due to weather 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 152 year anniversary. All we need is some favorable lake conditions. On another quick note, if your looking for hotdogs and ice cream on this birthday occasion for the USA, Dairy Dock has both!

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.

Fish Festival Returns with a bang!

The fuse is lit on a great forecast…

Sure we like to get a little “punny” with the firework references but why not get excited because this weekend brings with it a festival complete with fireworks!

fireworks vermilion

You…. light up my life…Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

Fish Festival

Both of these events are brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce which can be found here on the web, and here on facebook. Their will be many festivities downtown on Main Street as visitors and locals alike take in the festival celebrating Lake Erie’s Fishing bounty. In fact, it even comes with a Crazy Craft race and a lighted boat parade. Details at the links above.

What this means for your whole crew is a great opportunity to view fireworks from your boat. Now their will be some river traffic considerations to be aware of. If your planning on boating Friday after dusk you should take the time to read the announcement below.

From the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce:
Vermilion Boaters, Visiting Boaters, Vermilion Marina’s and Vermilion Community important safety announcement for 2019 Festival of the Fish Fireworks temporary River Closure June 17h⚓️ please read!!!

On June 17th 2019 the Festival of the Fish Committee will be hosting fireworks on the detached break wall at the entrance to the Vermilion River. Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map 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 11:00pm or later. 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 Lagoon Beach will be off limit to spectators.

fireworks too

And we haven’t even gotten to the best part, Fishing on Lake Erie is at an all time best…

Memorial Weekend arrives..make it memorable.

Remembering those who sacrificed..

First up, we would like to recognize the contributions of all the veterans who served and gave their lives so we could live free on this Memorial Day Weekend. We are forever grateful.

Along with remembrance it is time to start the season!

So this weekend finally brings about the start of the boating season here at your homeport. Putter-Port opens this weekend and will be open 10am to 10pm daily.

Make a splash!

Also on tap for this weekend is the opening of the marina pool. The pool will be open from 10am to 5:45 this weekend. We hope to see you dockside and thanks for choosing Romps Lake Erie Marina.


Dairy Dock’s Sweet News

And, in case you missed it Dairy Dock is now accepting all major credit cards for payment on your favorite treats. Bring the whole pirate crew! Open from 11am to 10pm daily.

Ice cream

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest. A slight
chance of showers early, then a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. A chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves
1 foot or less.

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

North winds 10 knots or less becoming southeast.
Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 feet or less.


Egg-static for Easter Weekend!

And a hoppin’ good Spring!

Here’s wishing all of our Captain’s and Crew a very Egg-citing Easter weekend. We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends. Our office/store will be open Saturday for every bunny looking to fill out a launch order, so we hope you Hop on in!

Put a little Spring in your step!

Please take time to review your service needs and let us know if we can help you fill out the order or answer any questions you may have.

Docks are in so those coming by water can arrive anytime. Please note for current dock holders: Romp’s does not provide steps or corner platforms, if your dock has items left on the dock from previous owners, or you feel items may be an obstacle and need removed, just let us know. For those folks attaching items, please contact us for guidelines so you do not damage your dock (drilling/fastening into the steel is prohibited).

We are always happy to help out.

Hop on over to Double D..

For Dairy Dock fans the April means it’s that time of year. We have tentatively slated April 21st for Opening Day.
Have an Egg-ceptional Easter Weekend from your friends at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!



“R” hours and yours..Time to get launching!

Time to see the dock..

The time has finally arrived after a long winters nap, the marina is waking and getting ready for the sunny days ahead.

“R” hours are changing..

We are now open 9am to 5pm every day except Wednesdays to help serve you better. If you have questions of need assistance with your launch paperwork, feel free to stop by and let us help.

sunrise marina

A bridge over the river V…

We do want to update you that the Vermilion River bridge will be closed for one day, Tuesday APRIL 5. So mark your calendars if you need to be uptown or down depending on direction,

Also note, Dairy Dock Returns April 21st!.. Sweet dreams are made of these.

We hope to see you dockside!

Spring is on the March…

We’re on Daylight Cravings Time

With the days getting longer as daylight is extended with every passing hour, we here at your homeport are busy making plans for the boating season ahead. After all March is here, and everyone knows that docks start to go back in the water mid-March.

docks going in

We’re feeling frosty..

It’s still early and the store/office won’t be open weekends until the docks go in the water, as our crew is busy getting the floats, dock posts, and various other spring items ready. But soon after that the launch orders will be headed to a mailbox near you.

So don’t flip out… because spring is on it’s way!



Please Note: Liberty Ave Bridge Closing

Vermilion’s iconic big blue bridge will close Oct 18th and be closed for several weeks to car traffic as ODOT performs repairs.

While it will still be open to foot traffic we would like all captains and crews to be aware of the change in traffic flow.

closed sign

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.