When one thinks of Ohio, beaches are probably not at the top of one's thinking. However, our wonderful State does have some fantastic beaches. Read on if you want to know more...
BEACHES BY NAME: Alum Creek Beach | Atwood Lake Beach | Catawba Island Beach | Conneaut Beach | Euclid Beach | Fairport Harbor Beach | Headlands Beach | Kelleys Island Beach | Maumee Bay Beach | Nickel Plate Beach | Tappan Lake Beach | Wallace Lake Beach | West Branch Beach | Other Beaches In Ohio | Reviews
Map of Beaches In Ohio
WHERE ARE THE BEACHES OF OHIO?
Ohio is a long way from the Ocean, but there are some beautiful beaches in Ohio. Some of these beaches are set next to Lake Erie and some other beaches are set on one of Ohio's many Lakes. Some of these lakes allow boating. Below we are going to talk about a few of the many beaches that are in Ohio. So get your towel, head to the Beach and have fun!
ALUM CREEK STATE PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Alum Creek State Park is based in Delaware, OH. This beach is one of the largest inland beaches within Ohio. This beach is over 3,000 feet long. There are plenty of Amenities available for visitors and this includes restrooms, shower facilities, changing area, sports facilities and vendors. This beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The beach can only be visited during daylight hours. Pets are not allowed on the swimming beaches, but pets are allowed at the dog park. There is a beach provided just for dogs too and admission is free!
Alum Creek State Park is located at: 3400 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035. Phone: (740) 548-4631. Website
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ATWOOD LAKE BEACH PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Atwood Lake is a privately owned park. Visitors are able to relax and swim from this beach. This is a sandy, safe beach. Amenities include a concession stand, changing rooms with wash facilities and vending machines. The beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day until 7pm. Daily admission is charged at $5 for an individual or $10 for two visitors or more. The price of admission includes access to the beach, trails, picnic areas and various activities.
Atwood Lake Park is located at: 9500 Lakeview Rd. NE, Mineral City, OH 44656. Phone: (330) 343-6780. Website
CATAWBA ISLAND STATE PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Catawba Island State Park is one of 5 Lake Erie Island parks. This is one of the smaller beaches, but it is also a fantastic place to quietly relax and indulge in some fishing. You can also boat here and enjoy the views. This park offers a cobblestone beach and visitors have the opportunity to launch canoes and kayaks here.
The amenities that are on offer include picnic areas, a fishing pier and four launch ramps. Admission to this park is free.
Catawba Island State Park is located at: 4049 E. Moores Dock Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452. Phone: (419) 734-4424. Website
CONNEAUT NATIONAL PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Conneaut Township Park is a large 60-acre park on the shores of Lake Erie. The beach is a quarter of a mile long and it has a wonderfully long broadwalk. This broadwalk connected the beach to the parking areas and outdoor activity areas. This is ideal for people who have limited mobility and strollers.
This park also hosts events. A popular event that does take place here is the D-Day re-enactment and this takes place in September. This park is open on a seasonal basis (April 1st-November 15th) from 7am to dusk) Admission into this park is free.
Conneaut Township Park is located at: 480 Lake Rd. (State Rt 531), Conneaut, OH 44030. Phone: (440) 599-7071. Website
EUCLID BEACH PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Euclid Beach Park is part of the Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation. This park offers 650 feet of swimming beach. There are different facilities open within this park as well and this includes picnic areas and during the summer months there is a lifeguard on duty.
Visitors also have the opportunity to take in the beautiful views that are on offer from the park's observational pier. The park also offers hiking, fishing, biking and other various outdoor activities. Admission to this amazing park is free.
Euclid Beach Park is located at: 16301 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44110. Phone: (216) 635-3200. Website
FAIRPORT HARBOR LAKEFRONT PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Did you know that Fairport Harbor Beach was once featured in Coastal Living Magazine? It was featured in the magazine as it was voted Ohio's best and grooviest beach. This Lake Erie beach offers gorgeous views and an array of activities. This beach is open all year round. Lifeguards are available on duty from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.
This is a sandy beach that offers a gentle slope to the entrance of the water. Facilities on offer include playground, restrooms, boardwalk and trails.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park is located at: 301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077. Phone: (440) 639-9972. Website
HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Headlands Beach is the largest sand beach in Ohio. This beach is 35 acres and offers stunning views of the local area. The beach also offers a concession stand, a wheelchair and stroller friendly broadwalk and restrooms. Lifeguards are also on duty in the summer months. This park also offers biking, hiking, fishing and beach glass hunting. The park is open from sunrise until sunset. Admission to this park is free.
Headlands Beach State Park is located at: 9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, OH 44060. Phone: (440) 466-8400. Website
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KELLEYS ISLAND STATE PARK BEACH (BEACHES IN OHIO)
This wonderful 150 feet beach is situated on the North bay of Kelleys Island. This is a sandy beach and is perfect for families to swim, relax and eoy access to the lake whilst visiting the Island. On top of swimming, camping, walking and hiking trails are available. Fishing is also permitted and there is a boat ramp and kayak launch. Rentals are available in the summer months. Admission to this park is free.
Kelleys Island State Park Beach is located at: 920 Division St., Kelley Island, OH 43438. Phone: (419) 746-2546. Website
MAUMEE BAY STATE PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
This fantastic park is based in Toledo and is over 1,300 acres in area. This park has got TWO beaches. One of the beaches is based on Lake Erie and the other lake is based on a large, calm, inland lake. Activities that can be partaken here include kayaking, sailing, biking and walking. Modern restrooms are also available for visitors to use.
The beach and park also have a concession stand. The park also has a golf course, lodge stays, camping and over 2 miles of Boardwalks. Admission to the park is free, however there are charges for rentals.
Maumee Bay State Park is located at: 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, OH 43616. Phone: (419) 836-7758. Website
NICKEL PLATE BEACH (BEACHES IN OHIO)
This beach is located just under 10 miles away from Cedar Point Amusement Park. This is a large, sandy beach and it is host to a large range of outdoor activities. There are plenty of amenities on offer and this includes picnic areas, restrooms, changing rooms and a playground. Items that are available to rent include Paddleboards, kayaks and beach gear. This park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. There is a daily parking fee of $6 per vehicle. A season parking pass is available.
Nickel Plate Beach is located at: 1 Nickel Plate Dr., Huron, OH 44839. Phone: (419) 515-9834. Website
TAPPAN LAKE BEACH PARK (BEACHES IN OHIO)
This lovely beach is located on the banks of Tappan Lake. Visitors will be advised to find several marked areas that advise where swimming is allowed. Swimming is permitted at the sand beach open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 am to 7 pm. There are plenty of amenities available that include changing rooms, pavilion, restrooms and concession stands.
On top of swimming, there are boat rentals, trails, a playground and outdoor activities available. Gate admission is required and the fees are $5 per single-occupant vehicle and $10 for 2+ occupants.
Tappan Lake Park is located at: 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville, OH 44693, (740) 922-3649. Website
WALLACE LAKE PARK BEACH (BEACHES IN OHIO)
Wallace Lake Beach is a pleasant, tidy sand beach that is located on the large 17 acre park lake. Amenities are available and this includes picnic areas, concession stands and restrooms. Lifeguards are available during the summer season. Wallace Lake Beach is part of Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation. There are also additional amenities available for visitors and this includes boat rentals, fishing, hiking and more. Admission to this park is free.
Wallace Lake Beach is located at: 213 Prospect Rd., Berea, OH 44017. Phone: (440) 243-6103. Website
WEST BRANCH STATE PARK BEACH (BEACHES IN OHIO)
West Branch State Park offers a 700-foot sand beach. On the beach there is a beach house, outdoor showers, picnic tables with grills and vending facilities. Visitors to the park can also enjoy activities such as disc golf, hiking, biking, boating, hunting and bridle trails. There is also a dog park with a pet-friendly swimming pool, perfect for our furry companions. Admission to this park is free.
West Branch State Park is located at: 5570 Esworthy Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266. Phone: (330) 296-3239. Website
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ARE THERE MORE BEACHES IN OHIO?
Ohio does have other beaches;
Baylor Beach Park - 8777 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre, OH 44662, (330) 767-3031. Website
East Harbor State Park - 1169 N. Buck Rd., Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440. Phone: (419) 734-4424. Website
Edgewater Park (at Lakefront Reservation) - 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102. Phone: (216) 635-3200. Website
Geneva State Park Beach - 4499 Padanarum Rd., Geneva, OH 44041. Phone: (440) 466-8400. Website
Hinckley Spillway Swimming Area - Located on Bellus Rd. and East Dr. in Hinckley Reservation. Website
Huntington Beach - 28649 Lake Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140. Phone: (440) 331-8111. Website
Lake Cable Beach - 5725 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718. Phone: (330) 499-2608. Website
Lakeshore Park Ashtabula - 1700 E. 1st St., Ashtabula, OH 44004. Phone: (440) 964-3819. Website
Lakeview Park - 1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44052. Phone: (440) 245-1193. Website
Melanie Lake (at Kim Tam Park) - 2881 Canton Rd., Uniontown, OH 44685. Phone: (330) 322-5676. Website
Pleasant Hill Lake Park Beach & WhoaZone - 3431 State Route 95, Perrysville, OH 44864. Phone: (419) 938-7884. Website
Salt Fork State Park Beach - 14755 Cadiz Rd., Lore City, OH 43755. Phone: (740) 432-1508. Website
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT BEACHES IN OHIO?
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach - "We stopped here on a Saturday in July for a little day trip. It's $3 for non residents and $2 for Lake county residents. There is plenty of paved parking, restrooms, snack bar & rental shack to rent paddle boards & Kayaks." - ABF (Bolivar, OH). Visited: July 2021.
Headlands Beach State Park - "This is a great Ohio beach even in the cold of winter! We enjoy this beach every time we drive here." - DR (Mentor, OH). Visited: Jan 2022.
Kelleys Island State Park Beach - "I instantly fell in love with this island; the stillness of nature, the vegetation, lake, rocks, views, sunsets, the quaint downtown area, the quarry, ALL OF IT AND MORE. It might be small but there are so many nature trails and beaches are wonderful. You can go kayaking, biking, hiking, shopping, and just stand still for a bit on this gem of an island and relax and enjoy." - UO (Fleming Island, FL). Visited: Sept 2020.
Maumee Bay State Park - "Beautiful campground that is 100% dog friendly!! Every site is like a private little nook. Paved roads, friendly, helpful staff, and pristinely clean. One of quietest campgrounds we’ve stayed in. It was very relaxing and restful." - ST (Johnstown, PA). Visited: June 2022.
Nickel Plate Beach - "Family really enjoyed it. Felt like a real beach in the ocean. The sand was really hot on our feet, but there was a lot to do volleyball, playground, sand toys." - VM (Mingo Junction, OH). Visited: July 2021.
LET'S GO TO THE BEACH!
Most beaches in Ohio welcome picnicking (be sure to check before you go, in case rules have changed!), so why not rustle up some goodies to take with you?
If you are going to be doing a fair bit of walking while you are out and about, why not make some snacks for the road (or even for the car!). Chex Mix is a favorite of ours, and great for making ahead to save time!
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