city of toledo

Toledo, OH

Lat: 41° 41.586   Long: 083° 28.202

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 16, 68
  • Charts: NOS 14830 14847
  • Customs: Yes
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code419
Police(419) 245-3340
Hospital(419) 291-4000
Pharmacy(419) 727-2650


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Detroit River Light 24 NE Erieau, ON 89 NE
Put-In-Bay, OH 32 E Port Stanley, ON 128 NE
Cleveland, OH 78 E Port Dover, ON 193 NE
Buffalo, NY 221 NE Port Colborne, ON 208 NE


The city of Toledo was established in the early 1800's. It grew slowly until the construction of the Miami & Erie Canal. This was the impetus for sustained growth as Toledo became an important shipping and transportation hub. The city of Toledo suffered in the Great Depression and again in the late 20th century decline in heavy manufacturing. But, recent years have seen significant investments in the city core and along the waterfront. Following right along on this has been a growth in tourism and sailors will enjoy making Todelo a stop-over on their cruising route or a destination in itself.


The approach to the city of Toledo is clear from all directions. That said, you need to realize that the approach begins several miles offshore. The shipping channel begins with the RED/WHITE bifurcation buoy located at 41° 50.127 N  083° 10.163W and follows a course in of 237.5oT.

The Toledo Harbor Light is located along the channel at 41° 45.705N  083° 19.780W. This is an ISO WHITE light with horn, visible approximately 13 mi/11 nm in clear weather. This is a good place to enter the channel. It is approximately 8 nm long, is well-marked and will bring you straight into the harbor. You can use the Manhattan Range Lights to assist in navigating your entry.

Outside of the channel, the water can get quite skinny with depths decreasing to as little as 4 ft/1.2 m in places. Keep a sharp eye out for commercial traffic.

When you pass the Manhatten Front Range Light, a Fl RED light, you have effectively left Maumee Bay and entered the Maumee River. There are several yacht clubs and a marina in the first mile or so of the Maumee River. Using these avoids the need to navigate the 10 bridges crossing the river.

You can travel up the Maumee River about 5.5 nm - further if you chose to go beyond the charted channel. However, water depths can go from 10 ft/3 m to 1 ft/.3 m in distances of 100 yds/33 m or less. There are 10 bridges - swing, fixed and bascule. Check here for contact numbers and schedules. Toledo Bridges.


Harbor View Yacht Club   (419) 698-8128   VHF 68
HVYC is located off a cut on your port side after you pass the Fl GREEN G "4" buoy. DO NOT cut the corner if you are going to enter this cut - depths drop off to as little as 1 ft/.3 m. Instead, hold course until the cut is directly abeam and then make your turn onto a course of approximately 146oT. The club is located on its own cut about half way along on the starboard side. There is transient docking available. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. There is a clubhouse with restroom and shower facilities.

Toledo Yacht Club   (419) 726-3485   
TYC is located on the first cut on your starboard after passing the Manhatten Front Range Light. Entering the cut, TYC will be on your port. (You may see masts ahead and on your starboard - that is the Bay View Yacht Club.) There is transient docking available. There is no fuel dock. There is a beautiful, three-storey clubhouse with restrooms and showers. There is also a dining room, swimming pool and beautiful grounds.

Bay View Yacht Club;  (419) 729-0731   
Enter the first cut on your starboard after passing the Mangatten Front Range Light. BVYC is on your starboard. (Masts on your port side are at the Toledo Yacht Club - see above.) There is transient docking available. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There is a clubhouse with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a ship's store. Internet access is available.

Brenner 75 Marine;  (419) 729-1676   VHF 16
Brenner 75 Marine is a full-service marina. There is transient docking available. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available dockside. They are able to carry out a wide range of repairs including engine, mechanical and electrical maintenance, fiberglass and prop repairs and canvas repairs. There are restrooms and showers. There is a ship's store on-site and a well stocked parts store.

Further upstream, there are other marinas and docking facilities including Toledo Skyway Marina and Promenade Park. To reach these, you will have to negotiate some of the 10 bridges that cross the Maumee River. Click here for bridge schedules and contact information. Toledo Bridge Chart.


Brenner 75 Marine (See above)

Dieball Sailing, established in 2009, is a local sail loft that can carry out sail repairs, manufacturing and rigging repairs.

There is a Save-A-Lot supermarket about 3 mi/5 km from the yacht clubs.

There are a number of banks in Toledo. The closest with counter service and ATM's would be Fifth Third Bank, just north of the River about 1.5 mi/2.5 km.


Toledo Hospital (419) 291-4000 is 9 mi/14 km west of the yacht clubs.

Kroger Pharmacy (419) 727-2650 is about 2.5 mi/4km from the yacht clubs.


At the top of everybody's list of restaurants in the city of Toledo has to be Tony Packo's Cafe, made famous by Toledo's native son, Jamie Farr (Cpl Klinger) in M*A*S*H. An institution since 1932, its menu is much more than its world-famous hot-dogs. Check out the signed buns while you're there! Close to the river, on both sides, are a variety of good restaurants and pubs. del Sol is a well-known Mexican restaurant. Real Seafood is a highly regarded seafood restaurant. Nearby Zia's is an excellent Italian restaurant. For a casual meal accompanied by one of 15 craft beers, try the Maumee Bay Brew Pub, housed in one of Ohio's famous haunted buildings.


The century-old Toledo Museum of Art is one of the top art galleries in the United States, with over 30,000 works of art in its collection. The Toledo Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals. It hosts concerts in its ampitheatre and is an award-winning, top-destination institution. (Interestingly, it all began with the donation of a single woodchuck in 1900.)

Along with Tony Packo's Cafe, the other city of Toledo institution from M*A*S*H are the Toledo Mud Hens minor baseball team that plays every summer. July sees the Toledo Lighthouse Festival and the Lagrange Street Polish Festival.

The city of Toledo is also home to the new National Museaum of the Great Lakes, scheduled to open in 2013. There is also the museum ship SS Col James M. Schoonmaker - once the largest freighter on the Great Lakes. For more ideas of what to do when you visit, this City of Toledo tourism and visitor's site will give you some ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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