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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Local Resources
  • 27 - Lakefront Reservation - Edgewater

    Lakefront Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks
    6100 W. Memorial Shoreway
    Cleveland, OH


    Public Access

    Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 29'29.69"; W 81° 43'46.07"

    Driving Directions

    From U.S. Route 20, exit at Edgewater Park east of Downtown Cleveland.

    What to Look For

    This lakefront park buffers a sheltered recess of Lake Erie's shoreline, and offers great vistas of the lake. Birding is best in fall and early winter, when large numbers of gulls and ducks gather. Edgewater can also be a great place to watch sizeable migrations of Common Loons in November and early December. A good day might yield several hundred birds, and careful observers always have a chance of finding the much rarer Red-throated Loon.

    March and April can also be noteworthy for large flights of migrating raptors if weather conditions are right. Spring migration can also produce large numbers of migrant Northern Flickers and Blue Jays, which tend to move around Lake Erie rather than across the lake. A variety of warblers and other migrant songbirds can be found in the park's trees, especially atop the bluff at the west end of the park.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    The standout Edgewater rarity to date is Ohio's only record of Rock Wren, present from December 7-14, 1963. The high bluff at the west side of the park is a great place to scan the lake for jaegers in November and December; Pomarine Jaeger is most likely. All three scoters can occur, and local rocky breakwalls sometimes harbor a Purple Sandpiper. The vast expanse of cropped grass that forms the bulk of the park is a great place to find Brant in November and December.

    Local Resources

    Lakefront Reservation with Cleveland Metroparks
    Positively Cleveland
    Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

    Nearby Lake Access Sites

    Lakewood Park. Located about one mile west of Edgewater Park, on the north side of Lake Avenue. A 40-acre site owned and managed by the city of Lakewood that offers good views of Lake Erie.

    Lakewood Scenic Accesses. In the City of Lakewood, there are three publicly accessible spots that provide good views of Lake Erie. One is along Cliff Drive, between Wilbert Road and Nicholson Avenue, about one-third of a mile east of Lakewood Park. The other two lake accesses are to the west of Lakewood Park, and within a mile of the park. One is at the northern terminus of Summit Avenue, and the other is at the north end of Webb Road.