Lake Erie Offshore Performance Association is proud to present Thunderfest 2018. The premier Offshore Poker Run event in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Your paid spot includes:

Captain and First Mate $550, each additional rider $150. This will include dockage for Friday and Saturday night. Welcome Party Friday night at TJ's Smoke house, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, a welcome bag, shirt and 1 dice roll per boat. These events are costly to put on and we try to keep costs as low as possible - so no free riders PLEASE!

Aerial Photography

Professional photographer Pete Bowden of Shoot to Thrill Pix will be shooting photos of boats in the run all day from a helicopter. Pete is one of the most respected photographers in the offshore boating community and his work is often featured in Speed on the Water magazine.

Participant Prizes

Prizes awarded for:

  • Best Dressed Crew
  • Baddest Sounding Boat
  • Farthest Traveled
  • Best Docking (or not)
  • Sportsmanship

Bonus Run

Join us for a bonus fun runs to the Casino at Kelleys Island for lunch on Friday, August 3rd and/or Sunday, August 5th (water conditions permitting).

Planned stops (subject to change) for Thunderfest 2018 include:

Put-in-Bay B-Dock

Put-in-Bay B-Dock will be our home base for the weekend. The event begins and ends at this location. Hotels are conveniently located within walking distance, and there is plenty to see and do while you are in town.

The Bilge Bar at Anchor Pointe

After departing Put-in-Bay our first poker run stop will be at The Bilge Bar, located at Anchor Pointe Marina in Curtis, Ohio. Anchor Pointe Marina has approximately 500 docks on Cooley Canal, which is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designated Harbor of Refuge. The canal and marina have direct access to Lake Erie.

Lyman Harbor

The second poker run stop of the day will be at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky, Ohio. Lyman Harbor is located in the historic Lyman Boat Works Factory, which once produced the finest wooden boats on the Great Lakes. Today, the renovated Lyman Harbor is a first class marina facility on Sandusky Bay, just minutes from Cedar Point and other top attractions.

Harbor House - Huron

The third poker run stop is the Harbor House located in Huron, Ohio. Harbor House is a popular desination for boaters and has easy access from Lake Erie. Following this stop we will return to B-Dock at Put-in-Bay for the evening festivities.

Click here to check out the feature article for the 2017 Thunderfest in Speed on the Water

Thunderfest 2017 was a sold out event and we expect Thunderfest 2018 to sell out quickly as well once the registration period is opened up! Stay tuned!