Lake Erie


Lake Erie

Town(s): Ashtabula OH, Avon Lake OH, Bay Village OH, Cleveland OH, Conneaut OH, Eastlake OH, Euclid OH, Fremont OH, Huron OH, Lakewood OH, Lorain OH, Madison OH, Mentor OH, Mentor on the Lake OH, Oregon OH, Painesville OH, Perry OH, Port Clinton OH, Rocky River OH, Sandusky OH, Sheffield Lake OH, Toledo OH, Vermilion OH, Willoughby OH, Willowick OH, Oak Harbor OH, Bratenahl OH, North Kingsville OH, Saybrook OH, Fairport Harbor OH, Mentor-on-the-Lake OH, Bay View OH, Conneaut Harbor OH, Curtice OH, Painesville Township OH, Vermilion on the Lak OH, Vickery OH
Local Name: Lake Erie

Size: 6342400 acres
Average Depth: 62 feet
Maximum Depth: 210 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Overview – Lake Erie

Ohio's North Coast

The North Coast of Ohio holds a distinguished status as a premier destination in the Midwest, standing out as the state's ultimate playground. At the heart of this allure is Lake Erie, the 12th largest freshwater lake globally, whose vast expanse contributes significantly to the region's charm. Ohioans gravitate toward this area for leisurely escapes, especially during the extended summer days, making the most of the approximately 312 miles of Lake Erie's shoreline within the state. This extensive coastal presence enhances Ohio's appeal, shaping a diverse recreational and environmental landscape along the lake.

Adding to the enchantment of Ohio's North Coast are the Lake Erie islands, creating a Caribbean-like ambiance that further elevates the region's charm. Along the coastline, a tapestry of diverse communities, parks, and state park beaches caters to a spectrum of recreational preferences. The shallowness of Lake Erie plays a role in the area's distinct charm, as it allows for rapid water temperature changes, transforming it into an ideal springtime fishing haven for enthusiasts seeking walleye and perch. During the warmer summer months, the inviting waters provide a delightful setting for swimming and aquatic leisure activities.

Even in the off-season, when the Great Lakes freeze over and fair-weather tourists seek warmer destinations, dedicated enthusiasts venture offshore for exhilarating ice-fishing excursions. Winters along Lake Erie, particularly in Cleveland, known as one of the snowiest places in the lower 48 states, reveal a climatic quirk. The rapid freezing of the lake moderates the local climate, establishing a unique varietal zone along the southern shore. This climatic phenomenon fosters the cultivation of grapes, yielding exceptional wines, including the coveted Ice Wines that contribute to the region's cultural and culinary identity. Covering approximately 210 miles in length and 57 miles in width, Lake Erie stands out as the most shallow among the Great Lakes, offering prime fishing opportunities, especially in the southwest section known as the walleye capital of the world, situated between the Sandusky and Maumee Rivers. The lake's shallow depths make it an ideal location for anglers seeking walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and even steelhead trout during the colder months. 

Welcome to the breathtaking beauty of Ohio's North Coast!


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Discover the enchantment of Northwest Ohio, where the scenic beauty of Maumee Bay and the welcoming ambiance of charming small towns create an inviting tapestry. Along the shores of Lake Erie in this region, including the tranquil expanse of Maumee Bay and the vibrant cityscape of Toledo, a wealth of outdoor adventures and rich historical experiences await. Immerse yourself in the lush parks that dot the lake's shores, partake in water-based activities along the Maumee River, and indulge in the unique flavors offered by local eateries that showcase the region's culinary delights. Noteworthy in Toledo is the National Museum of the Great Lakes, adding a fascinating layer to the area's historical narrative and maritime heritage. From the serene beauty of Maumee Bay to the dynamic city life in Toledo, Northwest Ohio provides a captivating blend of natural wonders, cultural richness, and warm community spirit.


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The Shores & Islands region, renowned for its idyllic beaches and laid-back island atmosphere, attracts sun-seekers to destinations like Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island. Explore maritime history, savor fresh seafood, and relax against the stunning backdrop of Lake Erie's shores. Marblehead features the iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, offering panoramic views of Lake Erie. Charming coastal towns like Marblehead, Lakeside, and Port Clinton complement the allure, with ferry services connecting the peninsula to the islands. To fully experience the islands, leaving your car on the mainland is recommended, with many ferry services providing parking. Renting bicycles and golf carts on the islands allows for convenient exploration. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-in-Bay pay homage to War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry. Elevators transport visitors more than 300 feet up to the observation deck, offering breathtaking views overlooking the Lake Erie Islands.Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky is another premier attraction with 17 roller coasters, live entertainment, and themed kids' areas, providing a diverse and thrilling experience. These iconic attractions contribute to the rich tapestry of experiences in the Shores & Islands region.


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Immerse yourself in the dynamic allure of the Greater Cleveland area along Lake Erie, where the synergy of urban sophistication and natural beauty creates a vibrant tapestry. Discover iconic landmarks such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the expansive Cleveland Metroparks, seamlessly blending culture, recreation, and innovation. Indulge in world-class dining, catch a captivating performance at Playhouse Square, and leisurely stroll along the picturesque Cuyahoga River.

One standout gem in the region is Headlands Beach State Park, home to the longest beach on Lake Erie, boasting one mile of natural sand. The park offers ideal spots for picnics and hikes, bordered by two nature preserves. Whether you're in pursuit of a serene escape, thrilling adventures, or a cultural exploration, the Greater Cleveland area on Ohio's North Coast promises a diverse range of experiences. Come and be captivated by the beauty of Lake Erie, providing an unforgettable backdrop to your journey in these remarkable regions.

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Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Invasive
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum Salicaria)

Fish Species: White Bass, Steelhead Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Carp, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 75-100%