Winter at Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands: #LakeErieLove – Frozen Edition

January 21, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman? Good –because this time of year we embrace the frigid winter weather. After all, before you know it we’ll all be cruising to the islands, riding roller coasters, and splashing in the lake. For now, we are in the midst of winter and we have two choices. When the lake freezes and the chilly Ohio temperatures hit, you can stay at an indoor waterpark resort and pretend you're on a tropical getaway, or immerse yourself in all things winter. Traditional winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, and sledding. The area even honors the season with two ice festivals the first weekend in February.

One way to enjoy the frozen tundra is at Sawmill Creek Resort’s Snow Fest. The resort, located on frozen Lake Erie, offers daily ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Skating takes place on a frozen pond adjacent to Mulligan’s Pub, which is convenient for when you’re ready to warm up with a steamy hot chocolate. Skate and snowshoe rental is available, with trails throughout the expansive property and golf course. Cross country trails are available but you must provide your own skis. Follow Sawmill Creek on Facebook for info on daily activities, as they are weather permitting.

Fishing enthusiasts know that the best walleye catches come from a hole cut through several feet of ice on a frozen Lake Erie. Experienced fishing guides are available to teach you the ropes and assist with on-ice safety measures. Contact our office for a list of qualified guides.

And if you decide you’d rather escape to a tropical climate? Five indoor waterpark resorts boast 80° temperatures, making it feel like summer all year long. Castaway Bay, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari, Maui Sands Resort, and Rain offer amazing indoor water park fun along with welcoming accommodations, restaurants, shops, arcades and more.

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