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Lakeshore Park

 

This 53-acre park is managed by the Ashtabula Township Park Commission and features a sand beach 900 feet in length, and a 250-foot pier into Lake Erie. When not heavily populated by people in warmer months, the park can be good for a variety of waterbirds.

  • What to Look For
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Local Resources
  • 3 - Lakeshore Park

    Ashtabula Township Park Commission
    1700 East 1st St.
    Ashtabula, OH 44004

    440.964.3819

    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

    Amenities

    Restrooms, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 54'12.27"; W 80° 46'36.70"

    Driving Directions

    From I-90, take State Rte. 11/46 north into Ashtabula. Turn east on State Rte. 531, and proceed about one quarter mile. The park entrance is on the left, at the junction of State Rte. 531 and State Rd., 1.6 miles east of Walnut Beach Park.

    What to Look For

    Lakeshore Park offers a commanding view of Lake Erie, and the bluff at the park’s west end allows for sweeping views of the harbor, breakwalls, and open lake waters. Good numbers of migrant waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls and other waterbirds can be seen from Lakeshore Park, especially in late fall and early winter. The extensive beach sometimes attracts shorebirds such as Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling. Heavy use by people in the warmer months deters bird usage, and Lakeshore Park is best birded in fall, winter (especially if Lake Erie is unfrozen), and spring. Gulls often roost on the roofs of industrial buildings just west of the park.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Ohio’s first Black-tailed Gull was found here on November 16, 2011, and that bird put Lakeshore Park on the birding map. Other unusual gulls seen regularly in winter include Glaucous and Thayer’s gulls. Snowy Owls sometimes winter in the area, and Purple Sandpiper occasionally occurs on the long rock breakwall at the park’s east end.