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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio's Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed the updated order this afternoon. It goes into effect at midnight on Monday.

The City of Vermilion together with Western Reserve Land Conservancy has released a rendering of a revitalized Main Street Beach. The plans include a significantly expanded beachfront, increased greenspace and public amenities, and ADA accessible paths to make Main Street Beach more convenient and enjoyable for residents and tourists alike.

The City of Vermilion Police Department is pleased to announce that the Vermilion Police Department (VPD) has been selected as the April “Agency of the Month” for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police’s Community Relations and Engagement’s “Sharing Ohio’s Best” program supported by the Law Enforcement Foundation.

Mayor Forthofer reports that the Maple View Ditch Widening Project is to begin. Lorain County has notified property owners along the Maple View Ditch that tree clearing will begin any time now. “This is the highly anticipated first step in the County project to clear and widen this storm water channel,” stated the mayor.

Mayor Jim Forthofer is requesting that anyone who has recently returned from locations outside of Vermilion voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Vermilion. “Thank you to all responsible Vermilion residents who have been following Governor DeWine’s Stay-At-Home Order and practicing Social Distancing,” stated the mayor. “It may not seem like much to you or me.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the establishment of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. The collaborative public-private partnership will coordinate efforts to provide healthcare workers and first responders with the personal protective equipment (PPE).

The City of Vermilion will be scheduling Zoom Video Meetings for all City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings. Gwen Fisher, Certified Municipal Clerk, will send out emails the week prior to each meeting with the agenda and the link needed to join the meeting. Attendees can join the meetings via a laptop, home computer, tablet or the ZOOM app on a smartphone.

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Discover Vermilion Ohio


Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion


Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches


Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach


Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse


The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation


Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events


Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie


The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination


Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History


History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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