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    Default Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    Anybody have any thoughts about launching a 36 foot with a 12 foot beam at catawba island state park? Upgraded to a bigger boat this year... Any feedback would be appreciated...

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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    You won't have any issues. A couple years ago, they upgraded the launch, so the ramps are longer (the part in the water), and the piers are longer too.
    Just remember to do the approach correctly, or you will have issues. They have a circle on the ground there for a reason.
    When your turn comes, turn back in the direction of the parking lot....then, back up to the ramp. I see so many people doing it wrong, and end up having a hard time trying to back up.
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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    Thank you Juls. Easier and quicker on the ramp than the lift in the marinaÖ.

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    Might be an issue backing something that long....the law may have an issue being way over max width for the highway. I would reconsider, or at least drive over and see for yourself...

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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    I have the necessary permits to tow. Iím coming from PA. So youíre saying the marina is a bit tight? Didnít look bad from google earth. Maybe Iíll stop by before I tie up.

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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    That would be wise.
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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snaggin Wagon View Post
    I have the necessary permits to tow. Iím coming from PA. So youíre saying the marina is a bit tight? Didnít look bad from google earth. Maybe Iíll stop by before I tie up.
    It's not a marina...just a launch with two long docks and a big cement pier that people fish from, off the end of it.

    As I said, if you do the approach right, and you know how to back up a trailer, you won't have any issues there. The lanes are good and wide and very long.

    But, it is a good idea to go check it out first, anyway....just so you can see what I'm talking about.

    I've seen some pretty big boats launch from there, so if they can do it, so can you.

    Just don't block it, because it gets very busy, very early there, in the spring, and you'll piss off a lot of people. lol

    Best bet, is to launch there from late morning to early afternoon, when it is less busy.
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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    I'd call one of the major marinas in Port Clinton or that area and ask them. Try Drawbridge Marina in Port Clinton. They will know where big boats typically go if they want to launch at a ramp. Or they may be able to give you the number of a marine transport company that works that area - they would know.

    There are some photos of the Catawba ramp at the website below, launch ramps page. 6-8 years old, but the basic ramp area hasn't changed.

    Lake Erie Fishing Boating Vacation Recreation Information

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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?-img_4052-jpg i put my 30 baha in there you can see the trailer size can be a little tight if ramp is busy go at a slow time like 10or11am

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    Default Re: Launch a boat at Catawba Island State Park?

    Thanks for the all the responses folks! Much appreciatedÖ.


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