Hipcamp host Bryan F.,
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Come camp riverside along the Portage River just minutes from downtown Port Clinton, OH and Lake Erie.  Just 25 minutes to Cedar Point! If you are looking to escape the busy and crowded state parks and commercial campgrounds this is the place for you. With only 2 tent sites you wont be overcrowded. Our camping is on the back of our property where we operate our kayak & canoe

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Come camp riverside along the Portage River just minutes from downtown Port Clinton, OH and Lake Erie.  Just 25 minutes to Cedar Point! If you are looking to escape the busy and crowded state parks and commercial campgrounds this is the place for you. With only 2 tent sites you wont be overcrowded. Our camping is on the back of our property where we operate our kayak & canoe livery business, Portage River Paddling Company. You are a 5 minute walk from renting a kayak, stand up paddleboard, or canoe, gem mining, axe throwing, cornhole, giant jenga, goats, Gizmo the 150 lb Sulcata Tortoise and more! You can paddle around Judy Island to see a bald eagles nest or paddle to a little restaurant and grab a bite and a pint! Only registered campers are allowed in to the back of the property where the beautiful camping area is located. Its a work in progress, if you are looking to rough it on the river, this is the place for you! We are located close to a railroad, so if trains aren't your thing, then this might not be the best place for you.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Bryan a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Half dozen eggs

Half a dozen fresh laid duck eggs to make a rich hearty breakfast!

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Rent a bike to explore the Lake Erie coast line, Port Clinton, & surrounding areas

Fishing

Bring your pole and try your luck from the boat dock or shoreline!

Paddling

Camping is situated at the back of a property where a kayak and canoe livery is operated!

Wildlife watching

Wake up and watch the bald eagles on Judy Island and other abundant wildlife that call the Portage Rive home!

Boating

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Riverside Camping Kayak & Canoe in Ohio.

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Wetlands

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Hipcamper Zach
Zach L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 16th, 2021

Beautiful spot. Bryan was a great host and I highly recommend staying here. Wood was waiting for us when we got there!

Hipcamper Kimberly

Perfect hidden gem

Kimberly C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 26th, 2021

This is my new favorite gem, I couldn’t wait to get back after my first visit in August. Amanda, Brian, Gavin, and the rest of the family are so kind and helpful, and truly want to give a great experience. On this trip, we camped in site 1, right along the river and the views were beautiful. I brought my son to introduce him to this place, and he too fell in love. We took a double kayak out for his first trip, and I got another incredible experience with the bald eagles. They were sitting in their nest, and then flying around us. It’s my favorite spot to sit under. We also enjoyed the paddle boarding with goats experience. And what a one of a kind experience that was! I’ve never paddle boarded before, and while I was enjoying it, the river was extremely calm, we ended up just sitting on the board in the middle of the river. I’m a single mom that works 2 jobs, and haven’t had a moment of pure relaxation like that in so long. And our guide Gavin the as extremely knowledgeable about the ecosystem, I learned quite a bit along with the great conversation. And of course the goats Riptide and Nibs were hilarious. Yes, there is a train nearby the camping spot. But it’s not bad at all and completely worth the spot! I plan on coming back as often as I can next year. I cannot recommend this place enough, especially adding as many adventures as you can. I still have more things to try when I get back next year, and can’t wait!

Hipcamper Samantha and Chris
Samantha And Chris J.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 1)
October 25th, 2021

Beautiful area with fire wood for purchase on site. We camped next to the water which was really peaceful hearing the ducks and the water, however the train is very loud and frequent.

Hipcamper Sunshine

10/10 recommend (bring earplugs)

Sunshine J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 13th, 2021

This site was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and a great getaway! In 10-30mins of a drive off the campsite you can find just about anything you are looking for. The only thing that was bother some was the busy train tracks near the site. However bring some ear plugs for sleep time and you’re set!

Hipcamper David

Highly recommend

David K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 10th, 2021

Great spot! Definitely looking forward to the next visit. Bryan has created a really awesome little getaway. Only regrets were not bringing the kayaks and not leaving ourselves more time to enjoy.

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Hipcamper Kelsey
Kelsey H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2021

What a beautiful spot! Our stay was brief but we really enjoyed it. Nice picnic tables and fire rings, and the porta potty was a nice amenity and very clean! The only thing we didn't like was the frequency of trains and their loud whistles through the night, but they didn't seem to bother our small kids so that's a win!

Hipcamper Melissa

Wonderful campsite and family

Melissa W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 23rd, 2021

I spent my childhood summers on Catawba Island mucking around on my dad's boat, and was crushed when the state park closed the campground a few years back. So I was thrilled to find this site on HipCamp. Super close to town, the ferry, and the beach! The site right on the Portage River was exactly what we were looking for. We enjoyed fishing in the marsh, paddling around the river, and sitting on the dock watching the night sky. The marsh mallow was in bloom and it was so pretty! We saw a great many egrets and paddled out to the eagle's nest. Amanda and her kids were warm and welcoming- those kids are definitely living their best life! I'm so glad to have found a "home base" close to so many wonderful memories, and I'm looking forward to coming back and making more!

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Hipcamper Payne

Late night accomodation

Payne S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 1)
September 17th, 2021

I didn't even get to stay there.

Host couldn't accommodate my late timing driving back from a nighttime event, so I couldn't get in through the gate. Should have been implied in the listing description.

Hipcamper Paul

Awesome spot!

Paul H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 15th, 2021

Perfect spot to camp out in our Volkswagen Bus! We will definitely be back and most likely bringing our VW friends. LoL

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Property
Riverside Camping
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$30/night
2 Sites