Doubling as a park and event venue, Black River Landing offers a plethora of amenities for you and your family to enjoy year-round! Nearly every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day we host the Rockin’ on the River Concert Series which features tribute bands performing a variety music genres. Some concerts take place on Saturdays, as well as other events and festivals such as the International Festival, The Summer Market, BrewFest, and Roads, Rails N’ Sales. (Interested in being a food or merchandise vendor during an event? Please reach out to the event coordinators directly!)

Enjoying a day out on the water? Dock your boat at BRL and stay for the concert for the same price as general admission! Our Water Taxi also provides FREE transportation between the docks at BRL, Oasis Marinas at Port Lorain (Dock A, left side) and The Shipyards (Dock B, Slip 4) during most festivals and concerts.

Our gorgeous waterfront site also offers a number of walking paths and a StoryWalk provided by the Lorain Public Lirary System for children to enjoy. We encourage all visitors, both human and canine, to take a stroll soaking in the beauty of the Black River. A dog-friendly water fountain near the stage and Ferry Terminal Building, 319 Black River Lane, is perfect for you and/or your four-legged friend to cool off with a fresh drink. The picnic tables and pavilions also provide a great place for a peaceful lunch. Other facilities at BRL include our Transportation Center (Train Station) and Pergola, which have been used in the past for graduation parties, receptions and weddings. Additional rental information is located below. The park closes at 11 p.m.

History of Black River Landing

During the mid-1980s, Rick Novak, the Port Authority’s former executive director, approached Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) Steel and asked that the steel manufacturer donate land along the Black River for recreational use. After about six or seven years of negotiations, LTV Steel eventually agreed to donate 25 acres of riverfront property to the Lorain Port Authority. The site opened to the public in 2003 and has since hosted countless events, concerts and festivals for those in the surrounding area to enjoy. In 2010 the Port Authority received a $475,000 grant to build the Ferry Terminal Building. In March 2014, the building, which houses the administrative offices of the Lorain Port Authority, was unveiled to the public. Then in May 2017, Rick Novak was honored for his 30 years of service with the dedication of “Rick Novak Way,” the thoroughfare that connects the north and south entrance of Black River Landing.


  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pergola
  • Walking Paths
  • Human/Canine Water Fountain
  • Trash/Recycling Cans
  • Benches/Bench Swings
  • Dock
  • Transportation Center (Train Station)