Marblehead Lighthouse

History, Fun and Adventure on Lake Erie

Whether you want to explore historic lighthouses, paddle along the shore or cast a line, here's how you can connect with our greatest natural resource this summer.

Lake Erie defines Ohio's northern border and gives us access to a natural resource unlike many others. We've researched dozens of ways to make the most of the wind and waves this season, whether you're a history buff or an island adventurer. From Toledo to Ashtabula, we've researched some of our shoreline's most famous spots, as well as newer destinations that draw travelers and locals alike: from 14 lighthouses along our shore and the retro vibe of Ohio's oldest summer resort to favorite places to kayak and museums that tell the story of our inland sea. Whether you're looking for relaxation or recreation, just add water.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Lake Erie History LessonsVisit the monument that pays tribute to Oliver Hazard Perrys pivotal victory during the War of 1812 to museums that trace the history of life and industry along our shoreline.

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse
Ohio LighthousesFrom lighthouse ruins on a small island to iconic structures that have stood sentry in our harbors for generations, these 14 historic landmarks help tell the story of our state.

Three people in kayak rentals (photo courtesy of Kelleys Island Kayak Rentals)
Lake Erie Kayaking & Water TrailsExplore the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails or get your feet wet with a shorter paddle closer to shore.

Goodtime III
Cruises & Charters on Lake Erie: Whether you want to take an evening excursion along our lakefront or cast a line on Lake Erie, these boat lines and fishing charters will get you there.

Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront
Eat, Play and Relax Along the Lake Erie Shore: Relax and recharge at Lakeside Chautauqua, hit the beach at Cedar Point and get a shot of nostalgia at Ohio’s oldest summer resort.