Frontier Boat Launch

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A concrete walkway lined be multicolored rocks is surrounded by a deep blue body of water.

This boat launch facility is located in Washington County north of Marietta on State Route 7 along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The 6 acre site includes 70 parking spaces for trucks and trailers plus additional parking for cars. There ramp is wide enough that two vehicles can launch a boat at one time. The parking area is open all night seven days a week, so overnight parking of vehicles and trailers is allowed.

For a flier with a large map of the area click here (prints best on 11 x 17 but can be printed on smaller paper.)


  • Ramp is 30 feet wide
  • Concrete portion with piers is 87 feet long
  • Total ramp length is 250 feet long
  • 15% slope

Other useful info:
There is good site distance at the launch.
Frontier Boat Launch accesses the Willow Island Pool, bounded by Hannibal Locks & Dam on northern end and Willow Island Locks & Dam on southern end.

Each of the websites below leave the Wayne NF website.

Hannibal Locks & Dam (Pittsburgh District)

Willow Island Locks and Dam (Huntington District)

A $2,247.055 grant was provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft through their Cooperative Boating Access Facilities Grant Program to build this facility.

GPS coordinates for this site are: 39 degrees, 28' 1.56" N, 81 degrees, 6' 57.599' W

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round 24 hours a day unless Ohio River levels exceed safe limits.
Reservations: None needed.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Free site provided under agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.

General Information


Construction is fully compliant under the Architectural Barriers Act.


From Marietta: Drive 7 miles north on State Hwy 7 (Ohio River Scenic Byway). The facility is located on the right less than 2 miles miles beyond Frontier Middle & High School. 


Includes 70 parking spaces for trucks and trailers plus additional parking for cars.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Drinking water Fountain.
Toilets Vault Toilets.
Parking Lighted 70 boat and trailors plus car parking.
Boat ramp 24 foot wide for boaters up to 3 foot draft.
Accessible Fully accessible for everyone.