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Many Northeast Ohioans recognize the value of Lake
Erie. Now they have a park
Park hours: 6 am to 11 pm
Lane Road entrance
3301 Lane Road
Perry Township, OH 44081
Clark Road entrance
2901 Clark Rd.
Perry Township, OH 44081
that features this natural
wonder in Lake County’s front yard.
Lake Erie Bluffs is nationally significant: The 600-acre Lake Erie Bluffs property
will permanently protect a significant amount
of wetland, meadow and mostly undeveloped lakefront habitat used
by rare and common plant and animal species.
Amazingly, the property remains largely unspoiled by previous development. The mix of 40-foot high beach bluffs and open sandy
and cobble beach across 9,000 feet of shoreline are
the site’s dominant features. The beach area hosts
trees, shrubs and small plants including the majority
of the park’s rare plants.
Visitors can enjoy low-impact recreational activities such as hiking and fishing at this new park. Improvements made to enhance public use include parking lots, restrooms, and installation of gravel trails with a scenic overlooks and two grand access point to a natural beach along Lake Erie.
When you visit Lake Erie Bluffs, tweet your thoughts about this new treasure
to @Lake_Metroparks and include #LakeErieBluffs in your message.
Over the past several years, Lake Metroparks worked
with various local conservation partners to complete a
detailed study of the Lake Erie Bluffs site and together they
produced a conceptual master plan that illustrated how
conservation, recreation and economic development can all
be sustained within and around the project area. The shared
vision and commitment to promote and integrate the value
of conservation efforts within existing local and regional
planning groups and agencies was a result of funding from
the Cleveland Foundation’s Lake-Geauga Fund.
The development of Lake Erie Bluffs was made possible
with help from a wide range of committed partners. Working
together, this collaborative effort secured more than $10
million in local, state and federal competitive grants and
donations to purchase the $11 million property. More than 1.6 miles of undeveloped shoreline and nearly 600 acres
of diverse and important natural habitat are now protected
by Lake Metroparks thanks to the help of many valuable
The funding for Lake Metroparks’ purchase came from
the following sources: Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, Ohio
Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation, The Conservation Fund, the Novak
Trust, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and
the Lake Metroparks Improvement Fund. The project would
not have been possible without the dedicated support and
hard work of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and The
Trust for Public Lands.
Beaches are very dynamic. Annual fluctuations
in Great Lakes water levels and even one severe
storm can wipe out a population of plants or
bring in new seeds or roots to establish new plant
communities. Lake Erie Bluffs provides public access
to Lake Erie and protects habitat used
by rare species including:
- Bald eagle • Merlin • White-eyed vireo • Least flycatcher
- Willow flycatcher • Yellow-breasted chat • Purple sand grass
- Smallmouth salamander • Fringed gentian • Seaside spurge
- Hairy-necked tiger beetle • Various other rare plants
In 2004, a Presidential Task Force developed solutions to restore the Great Lakes. The resulting Great Lakes Regional Collaborative Strategy (GLRCS) generated nine priorities to restore the Great Lakes including “a need for significantly more habitat conservation and species management.” Preservation of prime natural coastline, such as Lake Erie Bluffs, contributes to the overall health of the Great Lakes region.
Lake Erie Bluffs is easily accessible and is located within a half-mile of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail—Ohio’s 293-mile National Scenic Byway that passes through quaint communities and historical sites, and connects a myriad of natural and cultural features including coastal marshes, prairies, rivers, waterfalls, museums and lighthouses.
This project was funded in part by NOAA, Ohio Coastal Management Program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, The Trust for Public Land, and the Clean Ohio Fund.
Amenities: 600 acres. Hiking trails, Scenic overlooks. Access to natural beach, Fishing. Picnic tables, Restroom.
No lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk. Kayaks may enter and exit the lake from the beach, but it will require carrying equipment to and from the parking lot. Always use caution when paddling on Lake Erie and check the marine forecast prior to entering the water.
From the East: Take Route 20 to Lane Road in Perry Township. Turn right (north), and follow Lane Road to the park. Entrance to the park will be on the right (east).
From the West: Take Route 2 East to where it ends and becomes Route 20. Follow Route 20 to Lane Road in Perry Township. Turn left (north), and follow Lane Road to the park. Entrance to the park will be on the right (east)
Clark Road Entrance
From the East: Take Route 20 to Perry Park Rd.in Perry Twp. Turn right (north), and follow Perry Park Rd. to Clark Rd. Turn left (west) onto Clark Rd. Entrance to the park will be on the right (north).
From the West: Take Rt. 2 East to where it ends and becomes Route 20. Follow Route 20 to Blackmore Rd. Turn left (north) and follow Blackmore Rd. until it ends. Turn right (east) onto Clark Rd. Entrance to the park will be on the left (north).