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Ohio parks & Lake Erie beaches

Walk along the shores of Lake Erie’s beaches. Explore acres of deep, sprawling forest at an Ohio state park. Spot some rare birds in one of our many peaceful bird sanctuaries. Ohio’s wild places are the perfect way to connect with nature, and reconnect with yourself.

Adolphus Kraemer Park ( Town Hall Park)

Oak Harbor

Located near the Municipal building and Post Office. The theme of this park reverts ...

Bark Until Dark Dog Park

Bark Until Dark Dog Park

Marblehead

The only dog park in Ottawa County is located in Danbury Township. This
park has tw...

Battery Park

Battery Park

Sandusky

Play area, waterfront, picnic tables, fishing, grills, handicap accessible, tennis, s...

Birmingham School MetroPark

Birmingham School MetroPark

Birmingham

This 3-acre park was once the site of the Birmingham School building. The archway rem...

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Oak Harbor

Located in the heart of the Lake Erie Marsh Region, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory ...

Camp Perry Beach

Camp Perry Beach

Port Clinton

Swimming beach, picnic tables, restroom, fishing and tennis. Available for public use...

Castalia Quarry MetroPark

Castalia Quarry MetroPark

Castalia

152-acre dry quarry and nearby property has a panoramic view of Sandusky Bay and Lake...

Castalia State Fish Hatchery

Castalia State Fish Hatchery

Castalia

As part of the Castalia Blue Hole system of underground springs, the area provides a ...

Catawba Island State Park

Catawba Island State Park

Port Clinton

Stone beach, picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, restroom, waterfront, fish...

Cedar Meadow Preserve

Cedar Meadow Preserve

Port Clinton

Marked entrance is located near the township water tower and provides access to appro...

Cedar Point Beach

Cedar Point Beach

Sandusky

Exclusively for Cedar Point, Soak City, hotel, campground, and marina guests. Swimmin...

Central Park

Central Park

Lakeside

A daily Chautauqua pass is required during summer Chautauqua programming season. Picn...

The Coupling MetroPark

The Coupling MetroPark

Milan

Developed around a historic railroad theme the reserve provides small, non-motorized ...

DeRivera Park

DeRivera Park

Put-in-Bay

Restrooms, shower house, playground, and picnic areas.

DeRivera Woods

DeRivera Woods

Put-in-Bay

18-acre area offering hiking trails through wildflowers and trees including sugar map...

Dorn Park

Dorn Park

Sandusky

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, dog-friendly, restroom, baseball/softba...

DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve & Huron River Path MetroPark

DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve & Huron River Path MetroPark

Huron

One of the best remaining riverine marshes in Ohio and is an excellent site for birdi...

East Harbor State Park

East Harbor State Park

Marblehead

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park has unlimited opportunitie...

East Harbor State Park Beach

East Harbor State Park Beach

Port Clinton

Open dawn to dusk, free to the public, no flotation devices permitted, changing areas...

East Sandusky Bay MetroPark

East Sandusky Bay MetroPark

Sandusky

East Sandusky Bay MetroPark is the umbrella name of a group of neighboring parks: Jos...

East Sandusky Bay Water Trail

East Sandusky Bay Water Trail

Sandusky

15 mile water trail; bring-your-own canoe, kayak, or rowboats and enjoy nature. Picni...

Edison Park

Edison Park

Milan

Picnic tables, shelters, grills, playground equipment, swings, restroom, sledding hil...

Edison Woods MetroPark

Edison Woods MetroPark

Berlin Heights

1300-acre, densely-wooded parkland with 550 acres of wetland habitat, 300 acres of re...

Erie Sand Barrens State Nature Preserve

Erie Sand Barrens State Nature Preserve

Sandusky

This 32-acre preserve features a sand beach ridge plant community with many rare prai...

Fabens Park

Fabens Park

Huron

Shelter(s), grills, play area, restroom, ball fields, and tennis courts available. Ne...

Flat Iron Park

Flat Iron Park

Oak Harbor

Located at the west entrance of the village, it is bordered by Water, Main, and Touss...

Great Egret Marsh

Great Egret Marsh

Marblehead

150-acre Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshland, blanketed eac...

Heigel Park

Heigel Park

Port Clinton

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, restroom, sledding hill, ballfield, ten...

Hoffman Forest MetroPark

Hoffman Forest MetroPark

Berlin Heights

This 40-acre property features a large open meadow, mature forest, and two tributarie...

Huron Park

Huron Park

Sandusky

Splash pad, ball fields, basketball courts, vast green space, swings, playground equi...

James H. McBride Arboretum

James H. McBride Arboretum

Huron

Fifty-acre arboretum especially nice for weddings or nature walks, surrounded with tr...

James Park

James Park

Marblehead

Shelter(s), play area, restroom, ballfield and basketball court available.

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail

Put-in-Bay

Half-mile loop trail offering views of a variety of wildflowers as well as migratory ...

John Braun Park

John Braun Park

Port Clinton

Shelter house, three baseball diamonds, tennis court, picnic area, playground, picnic...

Kelleys Island State Park Beach

Kelleys Island State Park Beach

Kelleys Island

Kelleys Island State Park Beach is a popular Ohio beach with
kid-friendly, gradual w...

Kuehnle Wildlife Area

Kuehnle Wildlife Area

Middle Bass Island

This 20-acre pond and adjacent area harbors an array of plant and animal life, includ...

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center

Put-in-Bay

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center includes an indoor collection of over 240 ...

Lake Front Park

Lake Front Park

Huron

Picnic tables, grills, play area, gazebo, restroom, swimming beach, and fishing avail...

Lake Front Park Beach

Lake Front Park Beach

Huron

Swimming beach, picnic tables, grills, play area, gazebo, restroom, and fishing avail...

Lake Point Park

Lake Point Park

Marblehead

Lakefront park with shelter house, picnic tables, grills, and seasonal restrooms. Own...

Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve

Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve

Marblehead

Home to the Lakeside Daisy, the only natural population in the United States. Access ...

Lakeview Park & Port Clinton City Beach

Lakeview Park & Port Clinton City Beach

Port Clinton

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, restroom, waterfront, and basketball co...

Lions Park

Lions Park

Sandusky

Basketball courts, fishing, charcoal grills, picnic shelters, playground equipment, r...

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Oak Harbor

A wildlife enthusiasts destination, if your forte is hunting, fishing, birding, or ju...

Main Street Beach

Main Street Beach

Vermilion

Swimming beach, observation deck, birding, fishing, benches, kayak/canoe launch, and ...

Massie Cliffside Preserve

Massie Cliffside Preserve

Put-in-Bay

This cliffside preserve offers beautiful sunsets and views of Middle Bass Island. Wit...

Meadowbrook Marsh

Meadowbrook Marsh

Marblehead

Benches, observation deck, seasonal restrooms, paved biking/walking trails,
grass a...

MetroBark Park

MetroBark Park

Huron

Erie MetroPark's MetroBark Park is an off-leash dog park offering over three acres fo...

Middle Bass East Point Preserve

Middle Bass East Point Preserve

Middle Bass Island

Eight-acre, wooded preserve owned by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District is accessi...

Middle Bass Island State Park

Middle Bass Island State Park

Middle Bass Island

Primitive camping, picnic tables, grills, shelter area, play area, restrooms, fishing...

Milan Towpath MetroPark

Milan Towpath MetroPark

Milan

This .9-mile path is a linear park that follows the path of an early canal and railwa...

Nickel Plate Beach

Nickel Plate Beach

Huron

An expansive sandy beach with scenic views of Lake Erie sunrises, sunsets, and the Hu...

North Pond State Nature Preserve

North Pond State Nature Preserve

Kelleys Island

The North Pond contains a variety of rare and endangered plants and
animals. Consis...

North Shore Alvar State Nature Preserve

Kelleys Island

The North Shore Alvar is the only undisturbed alvar community in Ohio.
An alvar is ...

Oak Point State Park

Oak Point State Park

Put-in-Bay

Public dockage is available at Oak Point State Park, located at the western end of th...

Old Woman Creek Barrier Beach

Old Woman Creek Barrier Beach

Huron

Separating the estuary from Lake Erie, the wind-swept barrier beach is a
dynamic en...

Old Woman Creek Nature Preserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve

Old Woman Creek Nature Preserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve

Huron

This 573-acre reserve is one of Ohio's best remaining examples of a natural estuary. ...

Osborn MetroPark

Osborn MetroPark

Huron

A 163-acre property offering hiking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, a playground...

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Oak Harbor

The 9,700-acre refuge includes over ten miles of hiking trails that wind through a va...

Pelton Park

Pelton Park

Sandusky

A 20-acre park including picnic tables, grills, birding opportunities, and walking tr...

Petersens Woods

Petersens Woods

Middle Bass

Located adjacent to the Kuehnle State Wildlife area, Petersen's Woods provides habita...

Port Clinton City Beach

Port Clinton City Beach

Port Clinton

Swimming beach. Across the street from Lakeview Park. Dogs permitted on leash.

Portage Park (Taft Hill)

Portage Park (Taft Hill)

Port Clinton

Sledding Hill, soccer field, shelter area, play area, restrooms, pet friendly, and pa...

Resthaven Wildlife Area

Resthaven Wildlife Area

Castalia

2,272-acre public hunting, fishing, and wildlife-viewing area, that has a handicapped...

Sandusky Bay Pavilion

Sandusky Bay Pavilion

Sandusky

Sandusky Bay Pavilion is located on the water, and has picnic tables, shelter(s), gri...

Sawmill Creek Beach

Sawmill Creek Beach

Huron

The Sawmill Creek Beach is a public beach with swimming, walking trails, picnic table...

Schaeffer Park

Schaeffer Park

Sandusky

Playground, picnic shelter, and charcoal grills.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

Elmore

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is a 17-acre hidden treasure with unparalleled beauty and...

Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve

Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve

Put-in-Bay

Nine-acre preserve with lakefront on three sides offers opportunities for spotting wa...

Scheele Preserve

Kelleys Ialand

This preserve is a 24-acre parcel owned by the Cleveland Museum of
Natural History....

Schoepfle Garden

Schoepfle Garden

Birmingham

70-acre arboretum and garden containing 20 acres of topiaries, rose gardens and peren...

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Huron

This waterfront area, with its contiguous wetlands, comprises some of the last remain...

Sherod Park

Sherod Park

Vermilion

Picnic tables, shelter, play area, walking trail, ball fields, soccer field, grills, ...

Sherod Park Beach

Sherod Park Beach

Vermilion

Swimming beach, picnic tables, shelter, fishing, play area, walking trail, ball field...

Shoreline Park

Shoreline Park

Sandusky

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, restroom, waterfront, fishing available...

South Bass Island State Park

South Bass Island State Park

Put-in-Bay

Stone swimming beach, picnic
tables, shelters, grills, play area, restroom, fishing ...

Venice Park

Venice Park

Sandusky

Picnic shelters, dog-friendly, playground, ball fields, tennis court, and charcoal gr...

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Oak Harbor

Picnic tables, shelter(s), play area, ballfield, grills, sledding hill and tennis cou...

Veteran's Memorial Park & Genoa Quarry

Veteran's Memorial Park & Genoa Quarry

Genoa

Within the 30 acres falls 4 ball fields for baseball and t-ball, 2 tennis courts, 2 b...

Victory Park

Victory Park

Vermilion

Picnic tables, restrooms, and play area available. Leashed dogs permitted.

Walter Ory Park

Walter Ory Park

Elmore

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area, walking trail(s), restroom, and basketb...

Washington Park

Washington Park

Sandusky

Take a stroll through floral gardens, listen to a concert at the gazebo, or enjoy a s...

Waterworks Park

Waterworks Park

Port Clinton

Play area, walking trail(s), fishing, grills, skate park, pet-friendly, and ballfield...

Well Park

Well Park

Elmore

Picnic tables, shelters, walking trail(s), ballfield, tennis, and basketball court av...

West End Community Park

West End Community Park

Port Clinton

Picnic tables, shelter area, grills, and play area.

Wightman-Wieber Park

Wightman-Wieber Park

Sandusky

Picnic tables, shelter(s), grills, play area with equipment, restroom, ice skating, d...

Willow Point Wildlife Area

Willow Point Wildlife Area

Sandusky

A 645-acre public hunting, fishing, and wildlife area on the southern shore of Sandus...

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