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Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark

 

Lake Erie Bluffs is the newest public access site along the Lake Erie Birding Trail. Lake Metroparks opened this 139- acre site to the public in June 2012. The lake frontage encompassed by the park was the largest remaining undeveloped parcel of Lake Erie shoreline property in Lake County. The park includes about 1,300 feet of rocky beach accessible by trail. There is a strong likelihood that neighboring parcels of land will be added to the Metropark in the near future, increasing its size to as much as 600 acres.

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  • 7 - Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark

    Lake Metroparks
    2901 Clark Road
    Painesville and Perry townships Lake County, OH 44081

    440.358.7275

    Public Access

    Open daily, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Area

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 47'17.62"; W 81° 10'27.36"

    Driving Directions

    From U.S. Rte. 20 (North Ridge Rd.) in Perry Township, take Perry Park Rd. north to Clark Rd., and turn left (west). The park entrance is about one half mile on the right (north).

    What to Look For

    Much of the site was logged in recent years, and is now at a brushy stage of ecological succession. These shrublands provide habitat for locally uncommon breeders such as Yellow-breasted Chat and Prairie Warbler. Other rare breeders for this region include Mourning Warbler and Wilson’s Snipe. Major movements of songbirds can occur along the lakefront. Warblers and sparrows can be especially rich in May and September and October. In years of winter finch irruptions, mass flights can be tallied at Lake Erie Bluffs, such as a 2012 record of 800 Common Redpolls in a single morning. There is an overlook offering a commanding view of Lake Erie, and jaegers, scoters, and many gull species have been spotted from this point.

    Natural Features

    This park can be an excellent place to seek rare migratory dragonflies and butterflies. Striped saddlebags (dragonfly) have turned up, and Ohio’s second record of common ringlet (butterfly) was documented here. Other southern immigrant butterflies include cloudless and dainty sulphurs, and southern dogface. The rare twelvespotted tiger beetle has also been found in the area. The bluffs along Lake Erie support a vigorous population of fringed gentian (Gentianopsis crinita).