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East Harbor State Park
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK
1169 North Buck Rd
Lakeside, Ohio   43440-9610

Phone: 419-734-4424
Reservations: 866-644-6727
East Harbor State Park

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East Harbor State Park

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Located on the shores of Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping are popular while nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other species of wildlife found in the park's scenic wetlands.
History of the Area
Before European settlement, the East Harbor region was home to the Ottawa and Wyandot Indians. Ottawa in native tongue means "trader." An east-west trail skirted the southern shore of Lake Erie connecting the Pittsburgh and Detroit settlements, and also linked with the famed Scioto Trail from the south. This important area remained in Indian control until the British and Indians were defeated in the War of 1812 by the Americans.

After the Great Black Swamp was eventually drained, the land became highly productive. Fruits, particularly peaches and grapes, were grown extensively. The grape culture became very successful as a result of quality soil, natural drainage and suitable climate.

East of the park on the Marblehead Peninsula is the Marblehead Lighthouse, one of the oldest on the Great Lakes. Johnsons Island on the bay side of the peninsula was the site of a prison for Confederate soldiers captured during the Civil War. A Confederate cemetery still remains on the island.

The region has long been valued as a recreation area. The unique plant and animal life, sandy beaches, marshlanand the lake itself led to the development of East Harbor State Park. The park was opened in 1947 and today is one of northern Ohio's most popular vacation spots.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1831
 Water, acresGreat Lake
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Swimming Beach, feet1500
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental123
 Launch Ramps, #1
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #197
 Electric Sites, #351
 Full Hookup Sites, #23
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Camper Cabins, #2
 Group Camp, capacity120
 Rent-A-RV Sites, #2
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
The campground at East Harbor is the largest in the Ohio State Park system with 365 electric sites and 205 non-electric sites. The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, dump station, launch ramp and camp store. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. A group camp can accommodate 120 units. Two Rent-A-RV units are available on full-service sites for weekly rental. Two camper cabins are also available for rent.
Nearby Accommodations
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHConference Center
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
6.7 miles from park*
Swimming
Thousands of visitors come to East Harbor's 1,500-foot sand beach. A beach concession is available.
Boating
Lake Erie offers unlimited horsepower boating opportunities. The park's marina provides seasonal and day-use dock rentals, fuel, launch ramp, supplies and restaurant. Boats and campers can be stored year-round at the marina in a fenced enclosure.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with fantastic views of the lake and marshlands are equipped with tables and grills. One picnic area is conveniently located next to the beach. Two spacious shelterhouses may be rented by the public. Contact the park office for details
Trails
East Harbor's 7-mile trail system leads through the many different habitats within the park. The Middle Harbor Trail skirts the southern edge of the Middle Harbor game sanctuary and includes a stop at a bird observation blind. The short Blackberry Trail near the camp check-in station invites campers to enjoy a pleasant evening stroll. Other foot trails near the swimming beach offer the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of a beach community.
Area Attractions
Crane Creek State Park, west of Port Clinton, is one of the state's foremost birding areas and is noted for its spring and fall bird migrations. It is one of the few areas in the state where the endangered bald eagle may be seen. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge borders this park to the west.

Encompassing 2,600 acres of wetland adjoining Crane Creek State Park, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area offers outstanding nature study areas and fishing access at Turtle Creek. Controlled public duck hunting is permitted here.

The Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center, located on the main entrance road to Crane Creek State Park is operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and features displays of native wildlife species and information about the area. An observation platform offers a unique perspective on the surrounding terrain.

Several other state nature preserves are located in the Sandusky area including Sheldon Marsh, Old Woman Creek and Erie Sand Barrens.
Things To Do in the Area
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHFamily Outting
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
6.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 23 Awesome Place to go on vacation. by Lovecamping
We love camping at East Harbor State Park. It is close to alot of things to do. Cedar Point is minutes away. There are alot of great restaurants in Port Clinton.
June 19 camp city
great atmosphere. great beach. but what happend to the arcade. spent most of the weekend there as a youngster. its a nature center now that few people even go in. still the best campground around.. also make reservations early. [march april]
September 5 Beach like the Bahamas by Robert L. Boyd
This is by far the best camp ground in Ohio, and the beach is spectatular.
August 26 Paradise on Lake Erie by Princess Diana Marie
Very nice get a way even if it is only a short distance from home. It seems like a lng way from the busy everyday lifeo. The breezes from the lake and the sounds of nature is relaxing.
May 20 Great place to camp
I have been camping at this park since I was young and I now take my children. This park is great because there is something for everyone to do and its all within walking distance.


Area Campgrounds

Bayshore Estates Campground
2311 Cleveland Road
Sandusky, OH
419-625-7906


Camper Village
One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH
419-626-0830


Cedarlane RV Park
2926 N. E. Catawba Rd.
Port Clinton, OH
419-797-9907


Seneca Campgrounds
6955 South S.R. 101
Clyde, OH
419-639-2887


Fox's Den Campground
P. O. Box 345
Put-In-Bay, OH
419-285-5001


Portage Cove Park & Marina Condo
531 S. Findlay St
Port Clinton, OH
440-237-3046


Traveland's Camp-Sandusky
3518 Tiffen Avenue
Sandusky, OH
419-621-0787


Family Camping Center
2318 E. Harbor Rd.
Port Clinton, OH
419-734-5580


Surf Motel & RV Campground
230 East Main Street
Marblehead, OH
419-798-4823


Tall Timbers Campground Resort
340 S. Christy Chapel Road
Port Clinton, OH
419-732-3938


Shade Acres Campground & Cottages
1810 W. Catawba Rd.
Port Clinton, OH
419-797-4681


Chet's Place
7154 W. Harbor Road
Port Clinton, OH
419-898-1104


Camp Sandusky
3518 Tiffin Ave
Sandusky, OH
800-606-1375


St. Hazards Village on the Beach
1233 Fox Rd
Middle Bass Island, OH
419-285-6121


Crystal Rock Campground
710 Crystal Rock Rd
Sandusky, OH
419-684-7177


Leafy Oaks Campground, Inc
6955 State Route 101
Clyde, OH
419-639-2887


Portage View Campground
5024 West Harour Road
Port Clinton, OH
419-635-4479


Plymouth Shore on the Bay
8010 East Bayshore Road
Marblehead, OH
419-734-3570


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Fisherman's Wharf
83 Madison St
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-9002


Sassy Sal Charters
40 Jefferson St
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 732-7755


Shore Nuf Charters
247 W Lakeshore Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 732-2958


Drawbridge Marina
247 W Lakeshore Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-4422


Sandy Shore Variety Store Inc
215 Meigs St
Sandusky, OH
(419) 626-1291


Pipe Creek Marina
2312 River Ave
Sandusky, OH
(419) 621-1111


C & J's Bait Shop
235 E Shoreline Dr
Sandusky, OH
(419) 609-3601


Sunnybrook Conference Ctr
1104 Fremont Ave
Sandusky, OH
(419) 625-8353


Captain Hook Sport Fishing Charters
503 Scheid Rd
Sandusky, OH
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Brands Dry Dock Marina
315 W Lakeshore Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-9753


Rickard's Bait & Tackle
17 NE Catawba Rd
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-2496


Herb's Sportsman's Supply
1713 NE Catawba Rd
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 797-2455


Port Clinton Fisheries Inc
2 Madison St
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 732-3101


Fishermens Trading Post
255 Se Catawba Rd
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 732-2076


Area Cabins and Lodges
West Bay Inn
1230 W Lakeshore Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 746-2597


Shores Condominium Resort The
1801 E Perry St
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-2169


Fort Firelands RV Park
5650 East Harbor Rd
Lakeside Marblhd, OH
(419) 734-1237


Skippers Marina & Resort
7555 East Harbor Rd
Lakeside Marblhd, OH
(419) 734-3664


Scrappin' at Country Corner
3872 Harbor Light Landing Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-1616


Beach Cliff Lodge
4189 NW Catawba Rd
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 797-4553


Beachfront Resorts
252 W Lakeshore Dr
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 732-6684


Char-Nel Shores Resorts
2327 E Sand Rd
Port Clinton, OH
(419) 734-3356


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Indian Creek Camp Conference Center - Tecumseh, MICampgrounds
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
Web Site: indiancreekcamping.com
65.3 miles from park*
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Directions
From Cleveland, Ohio: Take State Route 2 West to State Route 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take State Route 23 to State Route 4. Go North on State Route 4 to State Route 2. Go West on State Route 2 to to State Route 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take Route 75 North to S.R. 12 (at Findlay), go North/Northeast on S.R. 12 to S.R. 53 (at Fremont), North on S.R. 53 to S.R. 2, go east on S.R. 2 to S.R. 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take S.R. 2 to S.R. 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

From Port Clinton, Ohio: Go East on S.R. 163 to S.R. 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

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