Lake Erie Islands Water Trail - Mainland Trail (Catawba/Marblehead)
Location & Visitor information
The mainland shoreline offers access points with a variety of paddling experiences and offers views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island, and South Bass Island. Leaving Catawba Island State Park on the west shore, paddle the rocky shoreline, but use caution near the Ferry Dock at the north tip of Catawba and around private Mouse Island. Find the West Harbor Boat launch among the marinas in busy West Harbor. Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshes, ongoing habitat restoration, and a haven for birds. View water lotus in summer and waterfowl in fall as you paddle your way to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge West Harbor Landing. East Harbor State Park offers outdoor recreation and wetland viewing on the shore of Lake Erie. Mazurik Access Area on the north shore of the Marblehead Peninsula provides direct access to Lake Erie. Lucien M. Clemons Park is being developed by the Village of Marblehead and features a protected inlet access point. Use caution on the rocky shore near the Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuing operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Paddle just south to the Lifesaving station for easier access. Total trail length: 23.9 mi.