Live a Life You Love in Port Clinton, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio is the county seat of Ottawa County, and a place where local businesses, award-winning schools, celebrated outdoor recreation, and a close-knit community come together. Whether you’re looking for fun attractions for all ages, career opportunities, live music, or lake access, Port Clinton has a little bit of everything.

In Port Clinton, you can live a life you love. Check it out!

Fun for Everyone

Fun fact – Port Clinton, Ohio is the Walleye Capital of the world! Our area is known for having the perfect conditions for walleye populations to thrive – so it’s no wonder that each spring we see hundreds of fishermen (and women) travel to the shores of Lake Erie to partake in the fun. If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy Lake Erie, take a stroll out at Derby Pond, check out the restored Port Clinton Lighthouse, or take a ride on the Jet Express that launches daily during summer months to transport visitors to the Lake Erie islands, including Put-In-Bay.

Other spots for recreation in Port Clinton include the Watering Hole, a waterpark where visitors can cool off on the 3 story Slide Towers, the Kid’s Tree House, the Lazy River and heated pools; and the African Safari Wildlife Park, a drive-through wildlife park that spans over 100 acres where visitors can watch and feed animals from their car. But be careful – a llama or a giraffe may stick their head into your car window!


Port Clinton is home to the award-winning Port Clinton City School District, which encompasses a primary school, intermediary school, middle school, and Port Clinton High School. The school district prides itself on “inspiring excellence in character and performance in every student by providing a safe, supportive, and challenging environment, using community resources, and empowering students to positively impact society.” A few ways the school district provides this support and opportunity to students is through a wide variety of academic departments and class options, as well as through men’s and women’s sports teams, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.

Career Opportunities

If you’re looking to start your career in healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, or retail, Port Clinton has an abundance of opportunities. Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton is a major employer of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, as are the variety of Occupational Therapy and Senior Living Facilities in the area – such as Home Instead Senior Care. For those interested in working in tourism and hospitality, there are a number of hotels, retail shops, and restaurants that offer seasonal or full-time employment. Port Clinton and the Ottawa County area boast a thriving local manufacturing industry – with positions open regularly for machinists, shift managers, welders, and other skilled labor roles.
You can learn more about career opportunities in Port Clinton here.

Live Music and More

We’re lucky to be the home of one of the Midwest’s famous acoustic music venues – the Listening Room Port Clinton. The Listening Room is the North Coast’s #1 music venue, and Ohio’s most unique musical experience. They feature some of the best artists and singer-songwriters from around the world. Other local bars and restaurants also feature regular live music, including Slater’s Madison St. Pub and Clinton House.

If your passion includes history and exploration, you’ll love the Liberty Aviation Museum. The museum was created in 1991 to showcase WW2 aircraft and other machines, with the mission of providing a place for historians, aircraft, and vehicle collectors to come together and celebrate a piece of local history. You can learn more about the Liberty Aviation Museum here.

About Ottawa County It’s All Here

The Business Advisory Counsel of Ottawa County, Ohio is excited to continue our Ottawa County It’s All Here campaign. This campaign focuses on showcasing everything that our region has to offer, with the goal of promoting employment, local businesses, and economic development. The Villages of Ottawa County Campaign is part of this initiative to highlight the places that make our community special. You can learn more by visiting our about page.

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