We’re hooked on June!…

First up, Cops and Bobbers…

With the Summer just starting and only the second weekend of June coming up, we want all of our Captain and crews to be stay safe on the water. Emphasis this time of year with various law enforcement will be safety checks for proper equipment and life jackets; but also with a keen eye out for impaired boaters. Alcohol coupled with high temps can lead to accidents which may otherwise be avoided. So be safe out there, and know that you can stop by our local Vermilion Police Boat when officers are present and they will perform a safety check free of charge so you are well prepared for Summer fun.

Because Sun days are meant to be fun days…

marina dock

Stop wishing, Start Fishing

This already has been a season for the ages with some very big walleye seen in coolers all around the marina. Case in point… Look at this whopper.

Fishing has been so good, that we are now accidentally catching them with our travel lift (see below)… Don’t worry we put him right back in the water, and he swam away unharmed.
fish travel lift
Keep ’em Afloat… 

Romp’s Lake Erie Marina recently asked for donations of life jackets for YMCA Kids Day Camp, and within two days every kid had a jacket donated. We would like to thank the following for their generous support.

Ferrry Legal LLC, William Ferry, Westlake Ohio
ACC Adult Home Care, Melva Sherwood, Vermilion
Bulan’s Boatyard, Eileen Bulan, Vermilion
Julie Mac, Vermilion
Joyce Sherwood, Vermilion
plus Vita Plate Distributors, for discounted pricing on jackets.
We are also happy to contribute to this great cause. Thanks so much everyone.

kid life jacket

“R” hours and yours..

Just an FYI our Ships Store and Office are now open 8am to 7pm every day of the week. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to closing if you are coming for fuel. We hope to see you dockside..

Your Weekend Forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Patchy fog this morning.
Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east 15 to
20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to
4 feet.
SATURDAY…East winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast. Sunny.
Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally
around 6 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…East winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to
3 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Somethings Fishy at your homeport….

From the “R” orange cones are better then theirs dept..

First up, we wanted all of our Captains and Crew to be aware that Vermilion Road (Right next to Dairy Dock) is southbound only for road repair and resurfacing. This will effect all inbound folks who use this path from Route 90/2. So beware the orange cones.

dd cones

Instead we want you to know you can still come by Baumhart Rd, Sunnyside Rd, and Route 60 north to Liberty Ave.

Onto the Splish to the Splash of it….


Spare the rod, spoil the reel..

That said, we are back in action here at your home-port as the season’s fishing has seen some great catches. Here’s a keeper Caught by Jay Telzrow. (10 Pound) while aboard Dick McDermott’s boat, Marilee II. May 24, 2019. One m. west of V. 26′

We hope to see you dockside!

This could be you...

Your weekend weather forecast (NWS):
.TODAY…Light and variable winds. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms early, then showers and thunderstorms from late
morning on. Waves 1 foot or less.
.TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming east. Sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly clear. Waves 1 foot or less.


We’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day!

Finally, after days and days of soggy conditions the Sun came out and helped us get a great week of launch in. The marina is filling up and more captains are headed toward the water with every passing day.

launchNo need for an appointment to see the Dock… 

That said, there are still have several boats under shrinkwrap who may need some help, and that’s where we come in. Just stop by the ships store and let us help you fill out a launch order and get your ship in shape of the season ahead. Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it.

"R" docks

Moor often then knot…

Speaking of weekends, The weekend forecast looks great, here’s hoping that we finally have moved on from the wet season and can start to work on our tan lines at your favorite Lake Erie Marina. Also, for those looking for our LINKS page, it has been moved to here.. https://romps.com/about-us/resources/
Our Links/Resources page now includes a link to the Vermilion Ohio Lake Erie Camera at Main Street Beach. We hope you have a chance to check it out.

boat helm

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
THURSDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Waves 1 foot or
THURSDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to
15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or
FRIDAY…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. Waves 2 feet
or less.
South winds 10 to 15 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms Sunday night. Waves 2 feet or less.

Have an Egg-Cellent Easter !

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 this weekend for every bunny looking to find a dock for the summer, so we hope you Hop on in!

Put a little Spring in your step!

Of course with a gust of warm weather this week we were feeling optimistic and uncovered the pool, another sign of the good things to come.

R pool

In other news..

On a safety note for dock holders; 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 in to Double D..

For Dairy Dock fans we will be open Sunday, so you can bring every bunny to the dock for an Easter Treat.

Have an Egg-ceptional Easter Weekend from your friends at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!

Romps Eggs

News you can use…Your weekend update.

What goes a hundred smiles per hour?…

Dairy Dock on opening day. Even though the wind was a bit cool for our opening, we sure are happy about the welcome site of folks enjoying their ice cream yesterday. It is always exciting to welcome the town back to the dock.

Who was the first? Chris Lehky for the second year in a row.

first in line

Important News for “R” Customers…

Well it would not be summer in Ohio if the orange cones were not present. Starting Monday, Vermilion Road will be southbound only as they pave the street for the next several weeks. Folks coming to the marina should take the Sunnyside Road north and then can continue to head south on Vermilion Rd to the highway when they head home. You can also use both Baumhart Road and State Route 60 exits northbound as well.

road work

road map

Launch, Launch, Launch the boat…

Finally, launch season is here and we are starting to see boats head to their natural resting place at the dock. Romp’s office is now open 9am to 4pm seven  days a week, stop by and let us help you get your spring services in ship shape.

On a safety note, we are starting to see some worn cords so be sure to check yours before plugging in. A worn cord can cause electrical damage to your boat and also is a potential fire hazard to both you and your dockmates.  This image below is not a sad emoji, it is a dangerous cord that should be discarded for new.

bad cord

Stay safe, stay afloat, and we hope to see you dockside!

Dairy Dock is Back… Have a Delicious Day!

“Cone”-gratulations are in order

Within  a couple of hours of now, an annual Vermilion tradition returns signaling the official start to our “Sweet Season” here at your home-port as Today,  Thursday Dairy Dock opens (April 11th) at 11:30am.

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.

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 11:30am to 9pm Mon-Tues-Weds-Thurs-Fri / Open 11:30am to 10pm Fri-Sat 

Have a Delicious Day!


The Dock is in…Now Open Weekends!

Need to see a dock? No appointment needed…

The boating season is just around the corner here at our lake erie marina, in fact you should be getting your launch orders any day now. Plus, the docks are in, Gas Docks soon to follow as we get excited to put the marina back toward “Summer Mode”.

Live, Love, Launch…

Next up will be launch orders arriving in your mailbox. Please take the time to carefully review the items you may need us to perform, then just return them and we will get you on the schedule. If you need assistance filling them out, we are NOW OPEN WEEKENDS 10am to 3pm, BOTH SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  Feel free to stop in for a visit, we are happy help.

boat on rig

Where would your boat like to spend the summer?

If your looking for a place to take the whole crew for the summer, we hope you give us a visit. Your family fun marina has plenty of great docks available and now is the time to make plans for the summer ahead. Stop in a let us show you what we have to offer.

We hope to see you dockside!

Docks in

Ice Ice Baby… Open Water Returns!

A big “THANK YOU” to the City and Ice Breaking Crews..

As we awoke today, for the first time in several weeks we found the Vermilion River to be free of ice and for that we are grateful. Winter can be a tricky time to navigate within the river community, we are especially thankful that the City of Vermilion and South Shore Dredge and Dock have worked very diligently in keeping the ice flows under control.

Pictured below the last of the ice flowing out.

ice breaking

Breaking up is hard to do…

As you can see the crew from South Shore really had some work to do chomping up the ice as it passed.

ice breaking too.

All’s well that ends well…

Here at your homeport, you can see what ice in the channel is melting on it’s own under some of the mild temps this week. Now, we can look forward to the approaching spring!

marina feb

Next Up..”R” Open House and Snow Much Fun!

We’re up to Snow Good….

We all know that the cold weather just makes us appreciate the warm that follows. Before you know it, we will start to think about putting boats in and hopefully forget all this single digit frigidness of the past week. That said, we are Snow Happy to see you, so.

There’s Snow Place Like Home!

So what can we do about this in the meantime? How about a little get together for all of our Captain’s and Crew to reassure and remind us all of better days ahead.

Join us at Romp’s Open House (aka “It’s the Snow Life” Party)  this weekend January 26 & 27 from 11am to 2pm. We will be serving Hot Dogs, & Ice Cream Sundaes (yes, Dairy Dock Ice Cream in the winter as we will have a machine up and running) and all your favorite beverages. Plus, door prizes every half hour and even a little gift full of treats.

open house

So mark you Calendar because its a Snow Day (for Boaters)!

Also, new Captains and Crews looking for a place to drop anchor next summer, please feel free to stop by, we would like to show you all we have to offer. We hope to see you dockside!

open house too



We’re Back!…With a resolution you can keep.

New Year, New Boating Season…

Everyone here at your homeport wishes you a great 2019, and can’t wait to get the season started. Year after year folks start a new year’s resolution right about this time. but what if we told you we have a healthy one that the whole family can enjoy!

happy new year

Resolve to go boating!

That’s right, forget the fad diets and signing up for a year at the gym when you will only go a time or two. This time resolve to get the whole family into the great outdoors, and really take advantage of all the things our area has to offer on the water.

jump in the lake

Or just keep it reel!

Or maybe just resolve to spend some quiet time away from all those electronic gadgets. Now is the time to plan, and to stop wishing, start thinking fishing! Just you and some peace and quiet out on Mother Erie.

lake erie life

Rock the Dock…

You don’t even have to leave the marina to enjoy some time in the sun! You can make a splash with friends and family this year!

romps pool

New Year, New You…

So resolve just to relax, and enjoy what is already here, here’s hoping we see you dockside!

Sunset Romps