Cleveland Lakefront State Park

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Cleveland Lakefront State Park

Ohio

(216) 881-8141

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Overview

In the heart of one of Ohio's largest cities, Cleveland Lakefront State Park provides natural relief to the metropolitan skyline. Sand beaches, tree-lined picnic areas and panoramic views of the lake are found within the 419-acre park along the Lake Erie shoreline. Ohio has been truly blessed by the presence of Lake Erie on its northern border. Lake Erie is the 12th largest bodies of freshwater in the world. When considering nearly 99% of the world's water supply is either frozen or saltwater, the Great Lakes are a tremendous resource most Ohioans take for granted Lake Erie is shallow allowing for violent storms with high waves. The lake is divided into three basins: west, central and eastern.The west is most shallow at 25 to 30 feet average depth. The central basin, wherein lies Cleveland Lakefront State Park, has an average depth of 61 feet The eastern basin is deepest at 210 feet average depth Lake Erie, because of its higher nutrient levels and warmer temperatures, produces greater numbers and varieties of fish than any other great lake. The annual Erie fish catch nearly equals the combined catches of all the other great lakes. Dominant species are perch, smallmouth and white bass, channel catfish, walleye and freshwater drum Sand beaches are scattered along the main shoreline. Coastal plants such as sand cherry, beach grass, beach pea and others are rare in this urban environment. Common trees include cottonwood, willow and ash with vines of wild grape, Virginia creeper, bittersweet and poison ivy among the branches

Map of Cleveland Lakefront (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.540641, -81.634572

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Activities

  • Boating

    All kinds of boating are available at these parks. Several launch ramps line the shoreline, and hundreds of rental docks are available.

  • Bicycling

    The 9-mile Cleveland Lakefront Bike Trail traces the Lake Erie shoreline along Cleveland's Lakeshore Boulevard from E. 9th Street to E. 185th Street. This route provides access to the E. 55th Street Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood Park areas. A 1/4 mile bike path links E. 55th Street Marina and Gordon Park. A 1-mile bike path connects Euclid Beach and Villa Angela, with a half-mile spur to Wildwood.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the scenic Lake Erie shoreline along SR 2 and Lakeshore Blvd. (SR 283).

  • Camping

    Please contact the park for information on camping opportunities.

  • Fishing

    Onshore fishing platforms, peirs, and breakwalls are available for fishermen. Fishing is also permitted from boats.

  • Hiking

    These parks offer walk paths, a scenic boardwalk, and a fitness trail.

  • Picnicking

    Many picnic areas are available along the lakeshore. A pavilion that can accommodate groups up to 50 people can be reserved for a fee online or by calling the park.

  • Water Sports

    Several beaches are located on the shoreline. SCUBA diving charters can also be found on the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact the park for information on seasonal activities.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round. Some rental docks are seasonal.

Directions

Driving

This park is located at 8701 Lakeshore Blvd., NE Cleveland, OH 44108-1069.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(216) 881-8141

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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