Lake Erie - Lorain County


Lake Erie - Lorain County

Local Name: Lake Erie

Size: acres
Average Depth: 60 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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Lake Erie – is one of the 5 Great Lakes and borders four states: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York as well as the Canadian Province of Ontario. The water at Lake Erie provides waterborne commerce, navigation, manufacturing and power production that has led to extensive industrial development along the 812 miles of shoreline (312 is in Ohio) however, the moderate temperatures of the lake has encouraged a great deal of agriculture and recreation. Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes and being the shallowest of the 5 has led it to have more consumable fish than the other Great Lakes combined. The lake’s fishery supports over 10,000 jobs per year and the lake has become the Walleye capital of the world. The lakefront living lifestyle is embodied at Lake Erie as it has everything residents could ask for. With its immense size, Lake Erie is unrivaled by any other lake in the state when it comes to breath-taking and awe inspiring panoramic lake views!

Lake / Beaches / Marinas – Lake Erie is an amazing lake with 9,910 square miles of surface area, an average depth of 60 ft., a maximum depth of 210 ft., and 871 miles of shoreline. Lake Erie is the 4th largest of the Great Lakes in surface volume and the smallest by water volume but it is the 12th largest lake in the world by surface area. Most of the lake’s inflow comes from the Detroit River water from the upper Great Lakes; the rest of the water comes from smaller tributaries including the St. Clair River and precipitation. Boaters, anglers and every other lakefront residents can experience lakefront living at its finest as the lake has no regulations on boat size, horsepower or speed limit, except in specified areas. For anglers, the lake is abundant with walleye but is abundant with other ‘superstar’ fish including steelhead and pickerel. The lake also holds smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, salmon, whitefish, smelt, alewife, white perch, yellow perch and white bass. Reportedly the longest fish in the lake is the sturgeon, which can grow up to 10 ft. and 300 lbs., although they are endangered and live on the bottom of the lake. There is also a mythological creature sometimes known as the Lake Erie Monster that some fisherman will occasionally swear to see! The Lake is also popular for shipwreck diving, biking and hiking trails, and lighthouses. The lake offers 191 places to access the water in Ohio as well as 37 public beaches which offer swimming, volleyball, picnic areas and all other activities you could think of. The lake is also the host of dozens of marinas that offer boat and wave-runner rentals, supplies, boat repair services and fuel.     


Lorain County – offers residents unlimited outdoor fun around Lake Erie, as all type of boating, fishing and other water sports are enjoyed here. Lorain county is especially known for its kayaking up the Black River to Lake Erie that offers one of a kind scenery of wildlife and up close views of the famous Lorain Lighthouse. This area also has several nice beaches including the recently restored Lakeview Park and Beach in Lorain which is one of Lake Erie’s most picturesque lakes and popular for swimming and sunbathing. This part of the Great Lake is also famous for scuba diving as Erie has over 1,000 shipwrecks, most of which are in the Lorain County area. Residents can also experience a wide range of parks and nature related features as there are several parks along the Erie shoreline including the Veterans Memorial Park, and Showse Park as well as several nature reservations such as the Vermillion River Reservation, the Sandy Ridge Reservation and the Black River Reservation all offering unique opportunities for bird watching, hiking, walking and biking trails, and adventure! Residents can also enjoy some cultural attractions such as the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Stocker Arts Center, as well explore a county rich in history. Lorain County was well known for its fight for freedom and abolitionist movement and markers still prevail today as residents can visit the Wellington-Oberlin Rescue Monument, the Oberlin Underground Railroad Marker and Garden as well as take an amazing tour through several remaining homes that were part of the historic Underground Railroad! Lorain County is a county steeped in rich history but also provides a unique lakefront living experience. 

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, Walleye

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

Shoreline Development: 75-100%