Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Port Ontario - Salmon River Lighthouse
Unique Lodging Offering River, Lake, Sandy Beach, Boating & Fishing Access
For those who like to participate in the salmon fishing run in late summer and fall, you can enjoy staying at the mouth of the Salmon River, in the Selkirk lighthouse itself, located right in the middle of the action, at the Salmon River Marina. Lake Ontario is at your doorstep, where you can see the commercial fishing charters leaving for the deep water of the lake in summer, and in the fall, fishing boats trolling for salmon close in along the lakeshore. In the river, right in front of you in September and early October, you can see salmon surfacing as they run up the river. Some days are windy, some are calm, many are sunny and some are brisk, but stay at the lighthouse marina and you will immensely enjoy the entire experience. In May and June, the action shifts to Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass later in June. No matter what the month, or the mix of weather, the fishing is always great, and you will love being on the river, near the lake and sandy beach, enjoying the many faces and ever-changing moods of the lake. The lighthouse is being renovated in a warm, comfortable style that will also allow you to experience the rustic character and historic nature of the lighthouse structure. The large living room features a brick fireplace, and the kitchen is fully equipped. There is one bedroom downstairs and 2 upstairs. The 3 bedrooms will sleep as many as 6 total, with 3 double beds. River dockage is available if you have a boat of your own, with launch facilities at the Lighthouse Marina. Or you can reserve a rowboat from the Marina during the time of your stay. But you don't need to be a fisherman to enjoy the upcoming fall experience at the mouth of the Salmon River. The beach and river is beautiful in the spring and fall, and a romantic spot for couples to enjoy while watching all that is happening at the river then. But if you are a family ready to enjoy a fishing vacation, or a group of friends ready for a very special fishing vacation, what better place to stay - right in the middle of the action....
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Abe Ellis
Our extended family has been enjoying the Salmon River Point since the 1930s, and we now have many family members and close family friends who own summer homes on the Point and further up the river along Pine Grove Road. Having grown up at the lake, enjoying the fishing, water sports, restful days in the sun and sand, marveling at the way the wind, waves and lake storms can entertain you, with rainy days spent working a jigsaw puzzle or reading a novel while enjoying views of the lake being some of our most memorable times. Or getting to stay up late roasting marshmallows over a beach fire, followed the next morning by a pancake breakfast after returning from fishing with our parents. Smallmouth bass and yellow perch fishing used to be the focus of our angling efforts, and those catches are arguably still the best tasting. But in the 1970s, the Salmon fishery developed and since then, Brown Trout can be caught in abundance along the lake shore as the water warms in May and June. The fishing charters run all summer long out to the deep waters of the lake, many departing directly from the Salmon River Marina right across the river. In the fall, the fishing gets especially active in the river, as the salmon migrate to run upstream. Year after year, our families and friends have enjoyed this special place and all that it has to offer. This year, we purchased and took on responsibility for restoring the Selkirk Lighthouse, a historic treasure that was built before any of us were born. With renovations starting this year, we will now be sharing this incredible place with others who can appreciate the special nature of the lighthouse and what it is to experience staying there. It is our hope that our guests will return time and time again, with family and friends, year after year.
Abe Ellis purchased this house in 2014
Why Abe Ellis chose Port Ontario
The Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it stands as it has for 175 years at the mouth of the Salmon River, shining its light out across the lake every night. Across the river from the lighthouse is a beautiful sandy NY State Park property beach, bounded to the north by the pier guarding the entrance to the harbor. It was the construction of the pier years ago that initiated the creation of what is now an incredibly beautiful, sandy beach area (very unusual along Lake Ontario), right in front of the NY state park and two beach houses that we own there contiguous to the park property. The sand extends from the beach well into the lake. That makes the shore perfect for beach walking and swimming, with no undertow in calm waters, and of course, in fresh water there is no salt or sharks, jellyfish, seaweed or similar saltwater negatives. Facing west, you can enjoy refreshing breezes off of the lake during the day and offshore breezes at night. The lake can entertain young and old alike as it roars on windy days, making it seem like you are on the ocean (but for the lack of saltwater), and with a blazing, stunning sunset over the water very likely to end your day. Retired and looking to come north a little earlier than usual in the spring, or looking to stay a little later in fall before heading south? Or maybe looking for a romantic time away from the kids, in a very special place? Or looking for a special place to take youngsters (grandchildren?) for an off-season river harbor & beach experience? The lighthouse is charming & romantic, providing a wonderful getaway for adults who want to enjoy some quiet, tranquil, time connecting to the natural surroundings. And for fall fishermen who want to maximize their enjoyment of the lake and river, even when they are not out on the water, there is no better place. What could beat grilling your fresh daily catch and enjoying a patio dinner at the Salmon River Light lighthouse....
What makes this house unique
In addition to the perfect harbor location, with beautiful sunset views, the lighthouse is equipped with Cable HD TV and wireless high speed internet, so you can stay connected to the outside world, as much as you need to or want to....