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Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach

Park hours: 6 am to 11 pm

Beach off season

The beach at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park is currently in the off season. No lifeguards are on duty. Swim at your own risk. Concession stand is closed. Parking is free.

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301 Huntington Beach Dr.
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077

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

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park in the spring - Photo by Jeff Taipale

Amenities Accessible harbor view deck, 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.

2014 Beach Schedule at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

The beach at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park is currently in the off season.
No lifeguards are on duty. Swim at your own risk. Concession stand is closed.
Parking is free during the off season.

Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 through 26, 2014
Open for the season: May 31 through September 1
Beach hours: 9:30 am to 8 pm (weather permitting)
Open Labor Day Weekend (August 31 through September 1)

Lifeguards on duty and the concession stand open from 9:30 am to 8 pm, depending on the weather. Sit-a-top ocean kayaks and stand up paddleboards available for rental by the hour at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park, weather permitting.

Parking fee: $2, Lake County residents (ID required) • $3, out-of-county visitors

Season parking passes

Lake County residents - first car: $25
Out of county residents - first car: $35
Additional car: $5

Beach Safety Tips

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.

Harbor View Deck panoramic photo by Caitlin Fertal
Harbor View Deck

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 down to beach where they can see the sunset and lighthouse,” said Lake Metroparks Executive Director Paul Palagyi.

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.

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.

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.

Lake County Health District information

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