Lake Metroparks - Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach

Photo by Jeff Taipale 301 Huntington Beach Dr.
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077

Lon: 81° 16' 37.659" W
Lat: 41° 45' 24.888" N

Park hours: 6 am to 11 pm

The beach is currently in the off-season.

Lifeguards not on duty. Swim at your own risk. Concession stand is closed.

Park/beach information and
water conditions

Park Information

Photo by Jeff Tiapale

This 21-acre lakefront park features a beach with a gradual slope and sandy bottom. Recreational opportunities on the waterfront include kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, camps, and special beach programs/festivals.

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park serves as sanctuaries to both wildlife and people. Please help keep our parks clean to protect and preserve our natural resources and wildlife.

  • Please put your litter in containers provided.
  • Please do not bring glass containers
    to the beach.
  • Fires must be contained within
    grills provided.
  • No alcohol is permitted.
  • Please keep amplified music at a reasonable level.
  • Supervise your children, both in the water and on land.
  • Swim only in the designated swim area.
  • For your safety, flotation devices are not permitted in the swim area.
  • Lifejackets are available at the concession stand free of charge.
  • Park opens at sunrise and closes one half-hour after sunset.
  • Dogs must be on a leash and are allowed only on the paved parking lot and in the designated dog swim area. Clean up pet waste immediately and properly.

Customize your beach experience! Themed children's birthday parties are available; call Roberta at 440-256-2118 x4118. For more information about outdoor education programs offered, call Karen Reis at 440-639-7275 x1277.

Harbor View Boardwalk

2014 Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenway Conference Special Recognition

The Fairport Harbor View Deck (Boardwalk) received Special Recognition at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenway Conference for being "simple yet highly inclusive, providing access, enjoyment and great lakefront views for the less abled, and a concept with applicability for all shoreline across northern Ohio and even around the Great Lakes…"

The T-shaped beach-level wooden platform extends from the parking lot toward Lake Erie. Wooden benches and picnic tables are placed along the deck for visitors to sit and enjoy the view of the harbor. “This deck allows seniors and others with mobility impairments to get from the parking lot onto and across the beach where they can see the sunset and lighthouse,” said Lake Metroparks Executive Director Paul Palagyi.

Beach at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

The beach is currently in the off-season.
Lifeguards not on duty. Swim at your own risk. Concession stand is closed.

Beach Safety Tips

Dog Swim Area

Dogs have fun at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park too!A dog swim area is located at the east end of the beach between the two signs clearly marked “Dog Swim Area.” This is the only place dogs are allowed on the sand. Dogs not in the swim area must remain on the sidewalks, parking lots or grassy areas. You must leash your dog when it is out of the water and you must carry the leash with you at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste.

Amenities Accessible harbor view boardwalk, restrooms, changing rooms and shower facilities; guarded swim beach and concessions (during summer season); picnic area and pavilion with grills, drinking fountain, playground, dog swim area, volleyball courts, and a Surf Chair (all-terrain wheelchair for use by visitors with physical disabilities -- available during the regular summer beach season).

Directions Take Rt. 2 to the Fairport Harbor/Richmond Street exit and go north to the light at the Richmond Street/Rt. 283 intersection. Proceed north (straight) for about 1/4 mile to High Street. Turn right on High Street and proceed to Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park entrance.

The historic Fairport Harbor Lighthouse and Marine Museum next to the park is available for tours. Call 440-354-4825 to arrange a lighthouse visit.


Lake County Health District information

How does the nowcast work?

The nowcast is a mathematical system that uses easily measured environmental and water-quality “variables,” such as turbidity and rainfall, to estimate levels of E. coli. Mathematical models are developed from several years of measurements taken at a particular site, and all models used in the Ohio Nowcast are beach or site specific.

The nowcast for Lake Erie beaches provides the probability (in percent) that the established Ohio standard for E. coli will be exceeded. (The single-sample bathing-water standard for E. coli is 235). So on any given morning, there could be from a 1- to 100- percent probability that the standard would be exceeded.

The nowcast for beach advisories, presented on this website, are estimates of the probability of E. coli exceeding safe levels in the beach waters right now. Obviously, there is some uncertainty with a nowcast, just as there is uncertainty with a weather forecast; but past tests have shown that nowcasting does fairly well in determining whether the beach is safe for swimming.

Click here for the Ohio Nowcast for Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park


Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)

The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) continues to monitor the Lake Erie shoreline within Lake County for the presence of harmful algal blooms.  The harmful algal bloom (HAB) is a large growth of naturally-occurring bacteria that can produce toxins (poisons) that may be harmful to people and pets. These toxins may affect the liver, nervous system and/or skin.

Remember, you can still boat, fish and recreate in Ohio’s lakes, streams and rivers. Recreational water users are encouraged to maintain a level of awareness for the duration of the swimming season.

Click here for information about HAB.

E. coli water monitoring

The Lake County General Health District monitors water quality at the beach located at Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Samples are collected daily (including weekends and holidays) and results are reported 24 hours later. Beach water is sampled for E. coli bacteria. When the bacterial count exceeds the single sample standard of 235 E.coli/100 ml sample, advisory signs are posted at the beaches. In the absence of a warning sign, use common sense to evaluate the lake conditions prior to swimming. It is recommended to avoid entering the water for 24 to 48 hours after a heavy rain of one-half inch or more in a 24-hour period, or if the lake appears to be very rough and dirty.

Click here for more information about E. coli water monitoring


Daily Season parking passes
Lake County residents: $2 (ID required) Lake County residents - first car: $25
Out-of-county visitors: $3 Out of county residents - first car: $35
  Additional car: $5
Click here to order season parking passes online


Early rentals beginning at 8 am on weekends and holidays. Weekdays beginning at 10 am.

Sit-On-Top Ocean Kayak Rental

Fee: $10/hour single, $15/hour double, ages 16 and older
(ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by adult)

Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals

Fee: $10/hour single, ages 16 and older
(ages 8 to 15 must be accompanied by adult)

Choose from Group Kayak Adventures or Introduction to Sailing.
To register for any of these programs, call the Registration Department at 440-358-7275 or 800-669-9226, or visit

  • “101” Classes – No experience needed
  • “201” Classes – Some experience needed
  • “301” Classes – Must be a competent boater

For possible program cancellations due to inclement weather or rough lake conditions, call the SPORTS HOTLINE at 440-256-2118 x-4178.

Lake Metroparks Paddle Card
This card allows you to come to the beach and paddle as much as you want on stand-up paddleboards or sit-on-top kayaks. We will hold the card—all you need to do is bring your ID to the concession stand and time is taken when you rent.

  • Fee: $80 for 10 hours, $100 unlimited
  • Card May 24 through September 1, 2014

Customize your beach experience!

Themed children's birthday parties are available; call Roberta at 440-256-2118 x4118. For more information about outdoor education programs offered, call Karen Reis at 440-639-7275 x1277.