Located in Ohio on the sandy shores of Lake Erie awaits an enormous haven of fun, with tons of chances to recreate. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and camping all attract flocks of visitors to East Harbor State Park.
Nature lovers will rejoice thanks to the dense population of waterfowl, shore birds, and other species of wildlife. Owing to the swampy, wetland climate, a host of migratory species regularly flock to the region. However, the land was not always this rich. It wasn’t until the draining of the Great Black Swamp that the land transformed into an agricultural oasis, producing regional varieties of fruits such as grapes and peaches.
Before European Settlement, East Harbor region was home to Native American tribes like the Ottawa and Wyandot Tribes. Stemming from the translation “trader”, the Ottawa tribe earned its title due to the geographic location of East Harbor. During the period of Westward Expansion, this park’s acreage was first the heart of popular trade routes for Native Americans.
As it developed, the region has long been valued for its recreational potential. In fact, Lake Erie is more similar (and exotic) to a tropical beach resort than you’d first think. This is due to the extensive range of plant and animal life, long sandy beaches, and the immense size of the lake itself. As a result of these factors, 1,831 acres were reserved and protected, to be known today as East Harbor State Park.
Camping at East Harbor is readily available with 352 electric sites. Furthermore, there are 160 non-electric sites available for a cheaper nightly rate. There are also an additional 51 full hook-up sites for those in Recreational Vehicles. Working Nomads and Van Dwellers will be grateful to find Wifi Available, however there is a small fee to use it.
Finally, there’s Dump Stations, Bathrooms, and Showers are routinely located throughout. For a more secure (and expensive) shelter option, there is one Yurt available for reservation. Book in advance, however, as it tends to be very competitive.
If you’ve got furry friends, you can take a breath of relief as pets are permitted on all sites. Moreover, Bike rentals are available as well as games and sporting equipment from the camp office/lodge. Get outside with your friends (any number of legs invited) and enjoy everything that East Harbor State Park has to offer.
Beautiful, large state park. Unfortunately the entire beach is literally gone due to lake Erie being roughly 3 feet high (usually a massive beach). The campsites are average size but the park is very clean and family friendly. Being a higher traffic park, a lot of sites had mud with straw from the grass not being able to grow where your camper door is. When booking make sure you check pictures or Google maps. A lot of sites have zero shade and are basically in a large field. We prefer shade and the more private sites. Wifey says the bathrooms were above average (most important for her).
This was a very clean park and very large campground. The only negative is your in section c it’s very tight. We had a very wet spring which left some very deep ruts at are camp site and its August and the ruts are still there. And at the dump station the hose that is use to flush black water tank were cut off so flush black water tank was not available. But as big of a campground it is the people were respectful and very friendly. I will go back but camp in sections a or b.
Its very busy! Some sites are super small, and you may not be able to fit a regular sized tent on it. Find a site along the edges. A ton of RV's. Can get a little loud with partiers, so if you want peace and quiet you may need to look elsewhere.
Clean and full service! Really good
It was a very nice campsite for my friend and I to stay the night. We picked a tent spot near the bathroom and shower. Very clean besides some bugs— but they didn’t bite! Very quiet at night too!
Nice large campground with many types of sites, we have camped rustic in our tent to our camper. They also do a really nice Halloween weekend for the kids.
The key is site selection at East Harbor…we happened to be in section C which was a newer section of the park. Section C was nice, though in hot sunny days there is very little shade to protect you. The other sections of the park have tall shade trees that work out great. The benefit of C is that there is a very nice newer shower house by the pull through lots, the facility is hard to beat in a state park!
Beautiful campground. Clean. Nice shower houses. Dog friendly.
I've been going to EHSP since I was a boy. My parents would take us to camp or just spend the day at the beach. Since being an adult I have gone with friends, family and just spouse and me. I know it will be clean and well-kept with activities for the family. My wife and I just spent Memorial day weekend here. Totally enjoyed the park and what it has to offer. We rented bikes to go out to the beach (what's left of it) and spent a leisurely hour investigating areas we had not seen before like the glacial grooves. From our campsite it was an easy walk to the bay where the fishing was easy and plentiful.
The campground is split into sections according to amenities. The oldest part of the park, with the most trees, is non-electric. This is where the tenters congregate. Another section has electric only with a small section having full hookups. Of course, there's also an area for group camping which was well-used.
I have many good memories from this campground and expect to return.