Annual Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run

Join in the 2nd Annual Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This is a non-alcoholic, fun family event. This year's theme is Hawaiian Luau, dressing up is encouraged. The first 50 registered will receive gift bags. Total participants limited to 100. Check in begins at 8:30 am; choose your start time of either 9 am or 9:30 am. Please try to carpool as parking is very limited! 

Registration may be made by calling (440) 204-2474, emailing, by mail, or stop in and see the Dock Master at the docks. The Port Authority accepts Visa, M/C, Discover, check, or cash. No refunds. The event will take place rain or shine.

Rules & Schedule

The event proceeds will help pay for upgrades and beautification of the newly installed ADA Kayak Launch area. The Vermilion Port Authority thanks Lake Erie Electric, Inc. Corporate Grant Fund for completely funding this new launch.

Meet at the Vermilion Port Authority New Kayak Launch, 777 W River Road, Vermilion, Ohio by the start time you've chosen for all info. Paddle the Vermilion River south to route 2 and back stopping at 5 points to get a playing card. Prizes will be given for the Top Three Hands at the end of the event, approximately noon. There will also be door prizes, 50/50, and gift bags to the first 50 registrants. The event is open to any type of paddle craft, kayaks, SUP, canoes, etc. 

Location: The boat ramp is located on the west side of the Vermilion River, and is adjacent to the Water Pollution Control Center. 

Directions from Rt. 6: On the west side of the bridge over the Vermilion River, by Vermilion Deli, turn south onto West River Road. Then in about ¼ mile at the stop sign, turn left (east) onto the Boat Ramp access road. Watch for oncoming traffic on West River Road from the south which does not stop and has the right of way. 

Directions from Rt. 60: From the traffic light where State Rt. 60 intersects South Street, turn right (east) onto South Street and go east about ½ mile. Where South Street dead-ends at West River Road, there is a stop sign. At this intersection, watch for traffic coming from the right (south) which does not stop and has the right of way. Cross the street by making a jog to the left (north) onto West River Road, then immediately turn right onto the access road leading downhill to the river and Boat Ramp.

Paddle Fest Poker Run Shirts

Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run shirts are now available. Proceeds benefit the Vermilion Port Authority. Shirts can be ordered directly from the Port Authority by calling (440) 204-2474. Order by June 5th for guaranteed pickup at the Poker Run on June 16, 2019. Short sleeve 50/50 cotton polyester shirts are available in your choice of blue or grey. Unisex sizes include XS, S, M, L, XL for $15. Sizes up to 4X are available for an additional $2 charge per shirt. Long sleeve 100% polyester performance fabric shirts are also available in blue only. Unisex sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL. Cost is $20. Sizes up to 4X are available for an additional $2 charge per shirt. Call the Port Authority at (440) 204-2474 for more information.