by louf on Jul 26, 2021
The staff at Portside is very accommodating, I hesitate to stay here because of the lack of dock posts. A port berth is very difficult to come into because of no ability to judge where the dock is at. Also when it gets rough in there, which it does, the lack of dock posts causes you to run the risk of fenders jumping the dock and running your boat up against the dock.
by twell32 on Jul 19, 2021
we actually stated three days, and had a great time! The entire staff is great and so friendly, best dockhands on Lake Erie. Great bar and food, and the most immaculate showers and rest rooms I know of on the lake.
Great Job Guys
by avventura on Jul 18, 2021
The facility itself was great, but strong winds out of the south for 3 days made for an uncomfortable stay. The harbor master and crew were really on top of things and the the showers are some of the best on the Great Lakes. The service at Dockers was a tad slow, but the wait staff was pleasant.
by jenlipp91 on Jul 13, 2021
We love our stays at Portside! Our dock assignment this past weekend was perfect, and as always, the dockhands are absolutely top notch!! The marina is kept very clean - especially the shower/bath rooms. My only suggestion would be an upgrade to the wifi service if at all possible. It would be nice to be able to retreat to the cabin with a stable internet connection during inclement weather. Can't wait for our next Portside weekend!
by scottbcampbell on Jul 12, 2021
Plenty of Dock Hands to help us come in, clear instructions were provided by the Dock Master. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked. Understaffed when it came to the office; advertised a 9:00 Office opening but did not open until ~9:45 Wednesday morning (7/7). Nice Marina!
by humes81 on Jul 08, 2021
Clean great location to shops restaurants friendly staff
by jamescihon on Jul 05, 2021
Great place...clean. Friendly and very helpful workers. A great location on Kelley's
by curtsie on Jul 05, 2021
Dock Master Jack and his crew were excellent as always. Great marina, clean bathrooms, and good people.
by jworcester34 on Jul 05, 2021
Excellent staff and facility. Very clean very professional. Highly recommend!!
by afox209 on Jul 05, 2021
This place is the best from the dock hands to the facilities Jack farmer us the best
by markclaus on Jun 28, 2021
Nice facility and the nicest clean bathroom/showers I have seen. Great Dick hands and staff
by jeannebdr on Jun 26, 2021
Office was not open several times that we tried to go up there. It is very difficult to dock there. Unless the wind is perfectly calm, expect a challenge. I wanted to cancel our final day but, again, no one was in the office. The facilities themselves are very nice and the docking team was there to help us enter but no one was there for the exit. Fortunately we had fellow boaters there to help.
by windsong2234 on Jun 23, 2021
Great facility and downtown location. Very helpful (the best) dockhands to assist arrival and departure. Clean and modern showers and bathrooms. The on-site Dockers Bar & Grill has a great water and marina view, and also great noodles and drinks.
by jgutten on Jun 15, 2021
Great place to stay for awhile. Good restaurant and a nice small village.
by rhlavaty on Jun 14, 2021
The folks working at portside, especially Jack, are outstanding
by tcrynick on Jun 14, 2021
Stay as always. Dockhands and staff very helpful.
Music was also great.
by beemore247 on Jun 09, 2021
Wonderful experience as usual! Thanks Portside!
by yl1h1nutju7opgzhd7u_ on Jun 07, 2021
I did not stay the last night and old like a refund or credit for one night. Credit can be in house for use at a different time.
by jkun on Jun 06, 2021
Great place to stay. Service was awesome as usual. Jack and his team do a great job on the docks.
by kevinm on Jun 06, 2021
Dock hand superior. Staff very friendly. Great showers. Reservations
Quick and informing
by jbrianmoser on Jun 01, 2021
Jack is awesome. The day was was beautiful and staff were great. Always easy to work with.
by brewster on May 27, 2021
Excellent marina. Very helpful staff.
Restaurant is on a deck that you can watch the sunsets as you enjoy a beverage and dinner.
by jenbradford717 on Apr 07, 2021
Hands down our favorite marina on our favorite island. Dockhands are the best, great hookups, easy in and out, wifi, and top notch baths/shower. Discount on golf cart rental as well. Have a drink or some lunch overlooking the marina with a great view of Cedar Point too.
by 6142268441 on Sep 29, 2020
This is an awesome marina the dock master and his team are AWESOME
by sunnyjr on Sep 27, 2020
We are newer boaters and the staff was super helpful in getting us in and out, very polite. We checked in during a very busy Saturday, facilities were great and great location. The weather turned bad on Sunday, and again, the staff was on their game and did everything they could to make sure we were helped out of the marina with 16-20 knot winds- safely. Highly recommend Portside and plan on staying again.
by fjsmithosu on Aug 31, 2020
Dock hands were courteous and very helpful, especially for someone who has never docked at a full marina. Marina has a great layout and it very easy to get into and out of, even in windy conditions. Dock is new and well maintained.
by mholtzman13 on Aug 21, 2020
Very well run marina. Crew was able to handle multiple boys coming in throughout the day. Clean bathrooms, nice docks. Very good first time experience.
by jbelling on Aug 09, 2020
Can get a little bumpy at night, but it’s a very nice marina.
by rmcgrady on Aug 04, 2020
The accommodations were excellent. Also, due to bad weather we were unable to leave on our scheduled departure date. The staff were excellent and flexible with this unforeseen change. Would highly recommend Portside Marina to anyone traveling to Kelly's Island.
by johnlp11 on Jul 31, 2020
This is our second visit to Portside and they didn’t disappoint for a second year in a row. Located right in town, you are in walking distance to many of the main restaurants, etc. on Kelly’s. Great dock hands such as River, got us in and secure on a windy day. We had lunch AND dinner at Dockers that day which is the best waterfront dining on the island, and it’s just a few steps away from from your dock. My wife loves their bathroom/shower rooms which are private, air conditioned, and CLEAN, and so do I! After spending three days at the public docks and bathrooms!showers at PIB, you can a appreciate the obvious difference. Next year, one day at PIB, three days on Kelly’s at Portside.
by sugar1954 on Jul 19, 2020
It always great to stay as Portside. The dock hands are so helpful.
by 2davenelson on Jul 19, 2020
Our favorite place to stay on Lake Erie. Dockers food is great. It is downtown close to everything or rent a cart from Magee Magoos next door to see the Island. Dockmaster Jack and all the guys hustle to safely receive and launch boats (No easy task on weekends). A fun family atmosphere. Private bathrooms with showers are air conditioned. Great people!
by beaverchris on Jul 12, 2020
Always a great stay on the island. Thank you!!
by cableidorn on Jul 11, 2020
Dock master and dock hands very helpful as well as the office. Good location in the heart of town yet quiet at the boat slips. Clean bathrooms. We’ll be back!
by opatich on Jul 06, 2020
All the dock hands were extremely courteous and very helpful. Specifically one named Jack. He went above and beyond several times to help us out
by jessroeder1 on Jul 05, 2020
It started out and finished off with the most helpful dock hands we have ever had! Jack, the head dock master was on top of it! The office staff and golf cart rental were extremely friendly as well.
The docks are floating so it can be rocky at times. This did not bother us though because the staff and location make up for it.
The bathrooms are remodeled as of a couple years ago and are by far the best bathrooms out of any marina. ( toilet, shower, sink, counter, all in a private room!)
by ktktkt8779 on Jul 05, 2020
Best island marina on Lake Erie! Never seen more hustle in a staff, they really know how to get the job done! Definitely will return!
by jeswope on Jul 05, 2020
We were there from July 2 thru July 5. As for the marina itself, dockage is a little tight but manageable. Dock hands are great at getting you in. Facilities are first rate and clean, shower rooms are great since remodeled. Staff in general is very nice and helpful. Nice having a good restaurant right there next to the marina. The downsides: maybe it was because of the holiday, but I get tired of multiple boats playing different music at full volume all day long. Marina rules say no loud music after 10:00, but no effort made to enforce it. I wouldn't even mind up to midnite, but a couple boats went till 1:30. Also, marina info. said WIFI available, but there was no WIFI the entire time we were there. Of course, no one was social distancing or wearing masks.
by szs7zag5wjebi8zul13t on Jul 05, 2020
Best place ever! Thank you!
by ersedfcsnpy8lrwladbv on Jul 05, 2020
great people and beautiful location!
by te1 on Jun 30, 2020
We stayed Friday evening till Monday morning. The slips are tight and closely spaced back to back. We have a 35’ sail boat and it was tight. Dock hands were ever present and helpful. Floating docks moved around a lot with a southwest wind. Electrical hook ups are wide apart and pushed the limit of our 50’ power cord. Saturday night was loud and raucous, which was ok for a bit, but became too much. Most of the overnighters left on Sunday morning and the place was pretty empty. However, on Sunday afternoon all hell broke loose. Every slip filled with drunk power boaters trying to outdo themselves with loud sound systems playing tired classic rock and lousy country music, and loud engines. This was all very unrestricted and I’m sure Portside earns some much needed revenue at this time. Fortunately we had friends to visit, but It was still going on at 6pm or so. Later Sunday night was peaceful. Not that I’m overly protective, but other than staff there was no attempt to social distance. The restroom and shower facilities were terrific. The staff was helpful and courteous, but not very knowledgeable. No one seemed to know if the water on the dock was potable and directed me to the Dock Master. Shouldn’t that be common knowledge? I would probably return during the week, but not the weekend. TE
by ewaldchristina on Jun 22, 2020
Loved where we stayed...close to most everything ....nice private bathroom with shower...just a little more rocking on the sacks than we are use to....other than that a great stay🍺👙☀️👍🏻
by theweddingdj on Jun 21, 2020
Dock hands are tremendous, hardest working guys and gals on the lake. Keeping the Marina clean and ready to go.
by boogsj73 on Jun 21, 2020
Stay was great, crew was great. Would be nice if the docks or fingers were labeled A, B, C, etc. Large enough to read. Was extremely packed and boats waiting to get in and once you get in there is nothing telling you what each section of docking is and they tell you to go to C dock or whatever. Great overall though.
by lmetzger85 on Jun 19, 2020
Calm in the marina, nice slips with rubber bumpers, skilled dock hands, clean restrooms. It was awesome for our fishing needs.
by dancer2002 on Jun 05, 2020
Great marina and venue right in the heart of downtown Kelley's Island. Nice facility overall, and exceptional and very clean shower and other amenities. Great outside dockside restaurant and bar with a good menu. The marina itself is a little tight for docking larger boats, however they have great dock hands available to assist all boats with landing and departing. Very helpful and friendly staff. Check in is amazingly easy. We return often, and have absolutely no complaints.
by ktalabac on May 26, 2020
Outstanding location, service and accommodations!
by danfolk on May 26, 2020
The weekend was great. Portside Marina is an awesome marina with excellent dock hands and staff. Restrooms/showers are very clean and new.
by milanmora on May 25, 2020
The staff could not be nicer more helpful. The dock master Jack is the best, hardest working guy,you ever want to meet. Thank you all for being very patient with all of us that are having trouble obeying all the new rules.
by rohrs4 on Jan 30, 2020
We enjoy Portside for many reasons.... Always clean and friendly. Affordable. Perfect location to walk down town. Our dog Frank has many friends there too! Love the newly renovated restrooms/showers. Looking forward to another great season 2020!
by reills747 on Sep 29, 2019
Great dock in relation to location to Dockers Restaurant and our football game!
by rerriever on Sep 17, 2019
Very clean showers/bathrooms. Excellent dock hands. Great location downtown.
by ralukich on Sep 15, 2019
Hard working and helpful dockhands; clean restrooms/showers & and a convenient bar.
by eriefeeling on Sep 04, 2019
We had a great time! Loved the new private baths!
by dgatt14 on Sep 03, 2019
Portside was extremely accommodating, clean and a great location. So excited to book next April for Summer of 2020!
by rmjbuilders on Sep 02, 2019
Upon arrival, we experienced a dock completely covered in bird excrement, impossible to find a clean spot on which to step. It appeared all other docks, which were closer to the marina, had been cleaned prior to our arrival. Many of these docks were vacant and appeared available during our two-night stay. We ended up cleaning our own dock. The combination of dirty dock and being on a dock farthest from the marina made for a less than pleasant experience. In the past we had pleasant experiences and enjoyed our stays at Portside Marina, we just wanted to pass this on to hopefully prevent other boaters from such an experience.
by albragadin on Aug 26, 2019
Great facilities. Close to everything you’ll need. Very helpful staff.
by boatworks56 on Aug 14, 2019
Had a great time. Watched Jaws on the water. Crew did a good job. Marina showers and restrooms clean. All around great place.
by lakehouse on Aug 13, 2019
Awesome 5 star Service from dock hands, to the office, restaurant/bar staff, and the owners. Bravo !!
by nspurck on Aug 12, 2019
Very nice, two items would turn it into a 5 star experience. First, allow overnight boaters to pay for a cart in advance to have one there. We are already paying more than the average Joe to be there, don't leave us without a cart. The other thing is to turn up the hot water for the shower rooms. I went in the evening, luke warm all the way on hot, I chalked it up to a busy time. I went in the morning at 5am before anyone and got the same result.
by boatguy49036 on Aug 11, 2019
Great transient marina with a very helpful and friendly crew!
by kellymac323 on Aug 11, 2019
The docks are nice, good power and centrally located. Clean facilities and helpful staff.
by blynn on Aug 05, 2019
Marina staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. I cannot say the same for Miss Maggy’s (which they own) and you can rent golf carts at a discount with your stay. The woman renting the cart was very rude - the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Had a great meal at the onsite restaurant, Dockers - get the bruschetta. Shower rooms were very clean!
by jennysandusky on Jul 29, 2019
Agreed the marina can be tight in the wind, but I have never been to a better marina. The Dockhands are fantastic at helping you in and out. The office staff, are helpful & the friendliest I have ever come across. Docker's restaurant has the greatest food on the island and the view can't be beat. The new bathrooms are the best on the great Lakes. If you travel you must stop here.
by jdgossett43061 on Jul 29, 2019
Put me in a dock slip that was almost too narrow...especially on a windy day. Boat rocked all night because of the opening to the marina. The staff was great. Very professional.
by dtennant on Jul 19, 2019
Great staff!!! The new jet docks are absolutely the best addition the this marina. Great improvements every time we stay.
by d1howe on Jul 13, 2017
Marina is tight (not very much room for maneuvering) for larger boats. We collided due to insufficient room to (not very much damage, most to our boat) - 42 foot sailboat. Another sailboat in our group (mid - 30 foot) contacted the anchor (about head height of a standing crewmember) of a large powerboat. Again, not much damage, but was very dangerous.
Also, very uncomfortable with any type of southerly wind. The breakwall is not effective in limiting the wave surge.