The water provided by Lake Erie for waterborne commerce, navigation, manufacturing, and power production has led to intensive industrial development along its shore. Lake Erie is also the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes.

Water Transit

Port of Cleveland on Lake Erie is 82 miles from Ottawa County. It has the best heavy lift capacity on the Great Lakes. Port facilities include nine berths and 6,500 linear feet of dock space. Docks are maintained at a full seaway depth, which is 27 feet. The docks have excellent connections to three major interstates (I-71, I-77, I-90), as well as the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad. Four terminal operators use port facilities: Oglebay-Norton, Essroc, Kenmore Construction, Federal Marine Terminals.

Port of Toledo, located at the confluence of the Maumee River and Lake Erie, links producers and consumer to domestic and international markets. With nearly seven miles of seaway draft waterfront and integrated access to rail, trucking, and air transport, the Port of Toledo is one of the busiest and most diverse transportation centers on the Great Lakes. The Port of Toledo’s Overseas Cargo Center provides 150 acres of ample warehouse and open storage along nearly one mile of straight-line wharf. It is served by gantry cranes along the entire wharf. Ships from throughout the world discharge and load the most diverse cargos of all the Great Lakes ports. Midwest Terminals is located at the Port of Toledo and is full-service cargo facility: marine, rail and truck transportation modes; commodities handling; cranes with up to 84 MT of lift capacity; and located in Foreign Trade Zone #8.

Ottawa County Ferry Services

Jet Express offers high-speed passenger ferry from Kelleys Island to downtown Put-in-Bay, Port Clinton, Sandusky, or Cedar Point. Comfortable, stylish passenger cabins and open-air sundecks. Exclusive late-night service, ADA accessible, family-friendly child rates, and group tour rates; excursion adventures and charter service available. Cruise distance 16 miles round trip.

Miller Boat Line operates four passenger/car ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island from the tip of Catawba, at the end of SR 53 N. Miller Ferry provides the most frequent trips to Put-in-Bay. Miller Ferry is the only ferry service that provides both passenger and vehicle service to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass, motorcycles and bicycles are also welcome.