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Portage River boating, skiing, and swimming.

Old 06-04-2021, 07:20 PM
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Hi allMy family will be at a place called Erie island next weekend which is on the portage River just west of nudges canal. I was there years ago doing work and saw people doing some water skiing, I am going back to work there again and staying the weekend. We live by a small inland lake and do some skiing and knee boarding with my kids. I have never been here before. Can anyone give me some tips on depths, swimming, skiing, tubing safely etc? Is the river deep enough to do this in most areas? Is the water ok to swim in? We have a 19 foot I/O with a tower. I assume I can get under the bridges to Erie? Any good places I can take the family to eat on the river or by the lake? Thank you!!
Old 06-07-2021, 08:42 PM
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Not sure if you meant the weekend that just passed, or the upcoming weekend. But anyhow, I'll throw some information out here for you. Portage river has alot of debris from the storms we had recently though this may subside by the time you arrive. Just be diligent and use your head doing watersports on the river- nothing too surprising except for debris. If you get up to oak harbor- I would turn around and head back towards the lake as it gets shallow (as little as 3 or 4 feet). Not a lot of eateries on the portage, though lagoon saloon is a dive bar near the jacknife Bridge (right by nugent's canal). It you make your way into port clinton there is dining to be done, and even more if you head elsewhere. Dockside Beach house is just out of the river and you can anchor out and swim up. Food also to be found at (meinkes marina, downtown sandusky, sandusky river) weather permitting. Great place to be and you will likely find yourself spending more time in the Sandusky Bay if I were to take a guess. Feel free to reply with any other questions I can answer, and happy boating!
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We boat on the Portage almost exclusively on our little 19' IO bowrider. When the lake is calm we go out to the lake but every other time we are on the river. The bascule bridge has a normalish (depending on river volume) 8' height clearance but it will also go up if you call the number.

We ski, tube, etc on the river all the time, almost every single weekend in the summer. Typically the river is around 6'-8' deep generally all the way up to the second set of power lines. Since our boat has such a shallow draft we dont usually concern ourselves too much with the depth. However the rivers depth fluctuates ALOT due to rain, and most recently, easterly winds pushing the lake into the river. Keep a spare prop with you at all times, we have lost a few over the years. There is always lots of debris in the river after periods of heavy rainfall so you must always be on the lookout. The bottom is dark sticky mud. We will cruise all the way up to the oxbow at Oak Harbor/Oak Harbor Country Club. We will pull off the main river and drop and anchor at the little portage to eat lunch or swim or whatever. Last summer the Lagoon Saloon put on a pretty sweet little fireworks show on the 4th of July. Beware, the cops (for better or worse) dont seem to come up the river, so be really careful at night. Seen a few boats and PWCs on the river after dark with NO lights.

We actually really love boating on the river and are always surprised we dont see more people on it besides pontoon boats. Feel free to PM me if you need specific information!

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