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  • 58 - East Harbor State Park

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio State Parks
    1169 North Buck Road
    Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440

    419.734.4424

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails, Checklist Available, Outdoor Feeders

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 32'21.54"; W 82º 49'14.13"

    Driving Directions

    State Route 2 to State Route 269 North. Park is located on State Route 269.

    What to Look For

    Encompassing 1,831 acres, East Harbor is one of the hidden jewels of lakefront birding hotspots. Its varied habitats include sandy beaches, sheltered bays, open waters of Lake Erie, marshes, shrubland, and swamp forest. Many rarities have been found, including Western Tanager and Magnificent Frigatebird. Songbird fallouts can be spectacular both spring and fall, with nearly every regularly occurring warbler appearing annually, and often in good numbers. The beach attracts a diversity of gulls and terns, including Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian and Forster's terns. The protected harbors can teem with waterfowl in March and November. Northern Goshawk has been seen regularly in winter.

    Natural Features

    The beach at the park's far eastern end is relatively unvisited by people and supports several species of rare beach plants. One of the more interesting of these is the tiny seaside spurge (Chamaesyce polygonifolia). It grows flattened in moist sand at the upper limits of wave action.

    Local Resources

    Lake Erie Shores & Islands
    The Lakeside Association
    Ohio State Parks

    Nearby Lake Access Sites

    Mazurik State Area. A 16-acre Ohio Division of Wildlife area that serves primarily as a boat launch area. The site offers good views of Lake Erie. Located at 8957 North Shore Road, near its junction with Rockport Drive, just west of the community of Lakeside.