Volume 44

Nature & Recreation I: Turtle Point Marina

A Beautiful Camp and Marina Reflecting Some Family TLC

 

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The Keiser family has owned this unique spot along one of the historic tributaries of the Black Swamp in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. The French trapped this area for years along with the Chippewa and Mohawk Indians of the Woodland Nation’s that settled along the north coast of the Great Black Swamp. It was not an easy life 200 years ago, but the Keiser family (Ken, Linda, Rich, and Lyn) have owned this property for the last 50 years. They have turned this simple prime location at the mouth of Turtle Creek on the West Bank, into a cozy camper/fisherman friendly fun spot. This is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World” and the perch are big this time of the year. Lunker walleye are also on the menu now!

 

You could not have asked for a more beautiful late afternoon and early November Indian Summer day. Most of the boats and campers have been pulled and winterized for the harsh cold winter coming to Northwest Ohio. Tonight, the “Pootantic”, a homemade “minnie” boat, was our vehicle to take a short ride down the mouth of Turtle Creek to smooth as glass Lake Erie with barely a ripple. Rich and I talked about his growing up on this location and helping create, with his parents this “gem” of a 100 lots of campsites and boat slips. A gas dock, bait store, and small grocery store are all amenities to make your week, weekend, or season, a place you never have to leave. There are few campsites along the north coast that you can pull your RV right up to the water’s edge. You can here! Twenty-nine new lots added in 2015!

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Rich shared some great memories of watching this, at one time 8 campsites and build your own dock marina, develop into electric and water supplied campsites. His homemade minnow boat has become his pride and joy. Sportfishing in the Western Basin has become a multi-million dollar business from the early days of spring to the late days of fall, and even the ice fishing in January and February has picked up since the below zero temperatures have frozen the shallow west-end of Lake Erie.

 

Be sure you give Rich and Lyn a call at (419) 898-2003 to reserve a campsite or a dock for the 2016 season. Also, check out their website, www.turtlepointmarinaresort.com. By the way, the sunrises and sunsets on Lake Erie are awesome, nestled on the shoreline of the beautiful wetlands of Ottawa County.

 

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