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.
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.
This is our go to State Park. Always clean we live the travels and the beach
A bit cold, still amazing.
Very large camp ground with lots to do. There are wonderful trails throughout and the park is very bike friendly. The beach area where swimming as allowed is in need of some attention but all in all the park is very nice.
We have stayed at this park several times. The camp store has lots of items and ice cream. The newer shower facility is great! Weekdays aren't busy but weekends can get very crowded and noisy
We stayed here the week after Memorial Day so there were empty sites. Our site was shaded with a large grassy area behind it. My kids enjoyed riding their bikes and liked the camp store which served ice cream. Some sections of sites have no shade. We stayed in the B section and those sites had nice shade. The shower house was nice.