30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, OH 44095
Lon: 81° 0' 29.023" W
Lat: 41° 50' 55.973" N
Once a private residence, this 10-acre lakefront park features an outstanding view of Lake Erie and a rentable building suitable for meetings, family gatherings and small parties. In addition to private rentals, the facility is used to
host public recreational programs.
For more information or to inquire about renting Willowick Lakefront Lodge, call 440-358-7275 or 800-669-9226.
Amenities: 10 acres. A beautiful panoramic view of Lake Erie. Air conditioning. A meeting room with sliding glass doors that face Lake Erie. Kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and sink (utensils, pots and pans not included). Restrooms. Banquet tables with stackable chairs for 60 people. Wheelchair accessible. Outdoor picnic tables and grills.
Directions: Take Route 2 to the East 305 Street exit and go north for one mile to Lake Shore Boulevard. Turn right (east) onto Lake Shore Boulevard and travel 500 feet to the park drive located on the left (north) next to the Willowick City Hall.
Ohio Historical Marker at Lakefront Lodge
Following the completion of the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, New York, Lake Erie became an important link in an all-water route for immigrants traveling from the eastern seaboard into the Midwest. The 600-ton lake steamer G.P. Griffith, launched in 1847, was one of dozens built to capitalize on this booming trade. On June 17, 1850, the Griffith, outbound with more than 300 passengers on a three-day voyage from Buffalo to Toledo, caught fire and burned about 220 yards from this overlook. Many of the German, English, Irish, and Scandinavian settlers were laden with money sewn into their clothing, and few reached shore. Contemporary accounts listed 286 lost. Most were buried in a mass grave on the beach, since reclaimed by Lake Erie. The Griffith incident remains one of the worst maritime disasters on the Great Lakes.