Catawba Island  is part of the Ottawa County peninsula. Catawba Island is one of 12 townships that make up Ottawa County, Ohio. It is commonly referred to as Catawba and Catawba Island, although it is a not an island as its name implies. Due to its sheltered bay and inlets, land elevation along the shore with fewer cliffs and easy access to Lake Erie, it has become one of the preferred areas for pleasure boat owners to dock and store their boats. Development was stagnant for years due to lack of sanitary sewer. Once this was improved, Catawba Island Peninsula started to bloom, with all sorts of improvements, condo's, expensive homes, marinas and businesses. It has become a preferred destination for those enjoying Lake Erie waters.
- Lake Erie Islands Regional Welcome Center, Route 53N (Catawba Island Exit just north of Route 2), ☎ 1-800-441-1271, . Free maps, brochures, discount tickets, restrooms.
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- Catawba Island State Park, off W. Catawba Rd.
- West Harbor Public Boat Launch1955 NE Catawba Rd.
- From State Route 2, exit OH 53N and head north to the peninsula.
- From downtown Port Clinton, follow OH 163 east from town, turning left onto Sand Road. Be careful, as the speed limit on this road is 35 MPH, and is closely monitored by police.
You can enter Catawba Island from SR 53 exit off of SR 2 or Sand Road off of SR 2. Both meet each other at Catawba Point, in a loop around the peninsula. On land, motorcycles, bicycles, cars, golf carts, walking and running are popular. On the water, about every form of transportation is available for rent.
- Catawba Island State Park, 4049 E Moore’s Dock Rd., .
- Miller Ferry Catawba Dock . At the end of Route 53 North. Known as Catawba Point. Ferries to Middle and South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay).
- Fishing Charters & Head Boats
- Scuba Diving
- Freedom Boat Club of Catawba Island, ☎ 419-797-3000, . Each location provides you with a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. There are no hassles to worry about like cleaning, maintaining, or storing as the dock master does all the prep and post work. There are no costs like dock fees, winterizing, insurance or trailers. Instead you spend your time simply having fun.
Catawba Island has an agricultural history as well as a marine history. A lot of land on Catawba Island was dedicated to farming, vineyards, orchards, truck farms and such. Today development is converting some of this land for other uses, but much of its agricultural heritage remains. In the warmer months you will find no lack of local vegetables and fruits for sale at the road side.
- Bergman Orchards, Route 53, peaches, apples, strawberries, sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, pumkins, baked goods, ice dream and much more.
- The Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery, 3845 East Wine Cellar Road, ☎ +1 419-797-4445 or 1-800-777-4266 ([email protected]), .
- Beach Street Bar & Grille, at Gem Beach Marina • 3000 N Carolina Street, ☎ 419-797-7102 ([email protected]), .
- East Harbor State Park, Northeast part of Ottawa County on the north part of Catawba Island, off of Route 63, on the shores of Lake Erie. 365 electric sites, 205 non-electric sites, showers, flush toilets, dump station, launch ramp, camp store, pet camping, two Rent-A-RV units on full-service sites, two deluxe camper cabins, dock rentals, restaurant, marina, fishing, hunting, 7-mile trail, volleyball, basketball, horseshoe courts, playground equipment and a 1,500-foot sand beach.
- Lake Erie Islands State Park Catawba Island 419-797-4530 - Kelleys Island 419-746-2546 seasonally - Middle Bass Island 419-285-0311 seasonally - South Bass Island - Oak Point 419-285-2112 seasonally. These five state parks offer island retreats both festive and casual. Fishing, boating and swimming and camping.
- The Catawba Inn, 4112 N CROGAN ST, ☎ (419) 797-2501. Hole in the wall bar/restaurant. They have an excellent 1lb Lake Erie Perch Platter. If you are in the area, I say step on in.
Catawba Island is like a big playground for kids and adults, with a long shoreline. Things happen. If you are not familiar with small boats, keep in mind they move when you get in and/or least expect it. Make sure you wear or know where your life preserver is as soon as you get into a smaller boat. Lake Erie is a big and wonderful place, some areas like this have extreme traffic on the roads and water, both from commercial and pleasure craft. The Coast Guard is always looking for those who abuse the waterways and will not hesitate to arrest for drinking while operating a watercraft or other infringements. Play safely and no one will bother you.
- Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, 315 Madison Street, ☎ +1 419-734-4404, .
- Catawba Island Township Police Department, 4822 East Cemetery Road, ☎ 911 (life threatening emergencies) or +1 419-797-2422.
- Magruder Hospital, 615 Fulton Street, ☎ +1 419-734-3131, .
- Gem Beach Marina, 3000 N Carolina St., ☎ +1 419-797-4451, .
- Winke's Boat Storage, Inc. & Landing, 3072 NE Catawba Rd., ☎ +1 419-797-4618 or 419-797-4412, . Full Service Marina, Storage, & Repair Facility.
The islands listed below are either in Ottawa County or close to it. Some like Pelee, are in Canada, different fishing license required.