(Port Clinton, OH)
Welcome to the Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie – Catawba Island, Ohio!
41° 33’ 43” Latitude -82° 51’ 4” Longitude
Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie (FBCLE) was founded in 2009 by Beckett and Jim Spreng. Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie has four locations – Catawba Island (Catawba Landing Marina), Huron (Huron Lagoons Marina), Rocky River (Emerald Necklace Marina), and Cleveland (Channel Park Marina). As a Member of Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie you receive unlimited access to all four locations. You also enjoy free reciprocal boating privileges at more than 175 other club locations throughout North America, Canada, and Europe.
Here's how it works: Your hassle free boating experience begins the moment you arrive at the dock. Our dock hands will help you get your belongings onto the boat. Then you and your crew head out for a day of boating fun. Upon your return, simply turn in your keys and pay for the fuel that you used that day. Our dock hands will help you unload your gear, and then you drive away.
No worrying about boat maintenance, dock fees, insurance, depreciation, trailers or clean up. You have access to not just one boat but our entire fleet at our four locations. Feel confident and safe heading out to your favorite fishing spot or destination on our deep bowed boats.
Catawba Landing Marina, Catawba Island: This beautiful location is nestled on the south end of West Harbor on Catawba Island. Their proximity to the Bass Islands and the Western Basin allows for some of the finest boating on Lake Erie.
Despite the name, Catawba Island is not actually an island, but rather a peninsula. Catawba Island has enjoyed the reputation as the preferred boating location since the turn of the century and offers many private and public marinas for enjoyment on Lake Erie waters.
The popularity and history of successful fishing for Walleye, Yellow Perch and Small Mouth Bass on the Western Basin has generated numerous experiences and memories that last a lifetime for families.
Only an one hour drive from Cleveland or Toledo and a two hour trip from Detroit or Columbus, Catawba Island is the perfect location to explore all that Lake Erie has to offer. Enjoy quick access to Put-In-Bay and Kelleys Island, two of the most popular Lake Erie island destinations. Come see the local orchards, where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables in season, or stop by one of the historic wineries, where you can find critically acclaimed and nationally recognized wine.
What a Member of Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie will enjoy: Whether taking part in water sports (waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing), fishing, visiting the islands, or dining by boat, you will most definitely create memories that will last a life time.
We also offer our members a full social calendar of events, including Open Houses/Member Socials, Fishing Club, Safety Clinics, Lady Diva's Safety Clinics, Social/Safety Island Cruises, and our annual Fish Fry. All of these activities allow you to enjoy and familiarize yourself with the surrounding marina and to get to know other Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie members.
Our goal is to ensure that our members feel confortable and confident at the helm. As a Freedom Boat Club Lake Erie member you are entitled to receive FREE unlimited training by our team of United States Coast Guard licensed captains.
We provide personalized one on one training, including a mandatory boater training class for all new members. The class consists of a combination of classroom and on-the-water instruction. Additional and continuing safety information and training clinics will be available and running all season long. A Member of FBCLE must be 21 years of age; boaters born on or after January 1, 1982, must have a valid Ohio Safe Boating Card.
FBCLE members have the opportunity to join the Laguna Yacht Club (LYC) for $250 Initiation fee, with annual dues of $200. The LYC membership includes 24-hour access to the HLM Pool Complex (May through September), fuel discounts at the HLM fuel dock, access to the Viking Den Restaurant anytime, and affiliation to Interlake Yachting Association and Yachting Club of America, which entitles members to visit other clubs around the country and the Great Lakes.
We also like to leave a philanthropy footprint! FBCLE supports local and national non-profit organizations and invite our members to join in on the fun.
Depending on the location/weather, our boating season starts mid April and runs until the end of October. We are open 7 days a week (weather permitting) to serve you and your boating needs. Boating is also available by utilizing the reciprocal membership benefits at over 175+ locations throughout North America, Canada, and Europe.
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