Lake Erie Islands Water Trail - Kelleys Island Trail
Location & Visitor information
Kelleys Island, with a rich history of viticulture and quarrying, is Ohio's largest island in lake Erie at 2,800 acres. Kelleys Island State Park has camping, trails, and a 430-ft. section of glacial grooves. Begin our paddle from the beautiful sand beach and head east to North Pond State Nature Preserve, a lake embayment pond, which is a wetland separated by a barrier dune from the lake. Round the northeast point to Sheele Preserve where you can follow the land trail to the state-threatened rock elms savanna. Back on the water, take a break at the end of Woodford Rd. and then paddle around the southeast corner (caution: watch for ferry traffic) landing at Inscription Rock, identified by a shelter. On the rock are nearly 100 images from Native American tribes of pipe-smoking figures, large animals, fish, and weapons--the largest collection of pictographs in the state. From Inscription Rock you can venture into the village for more services. Victorian-style homes line the south shore as you make the long paddle on the west side of Kelleys Islands. On the North Shore, note the unique ecosystem created as soil is scraped from limestone by ice, wind, and water at North Shore Alvar State Nature Preserve. Note: Cell phone service is limited, especially on the east side of the island. Total trail length: 11.8 mi.