Summer’s not over yet, which means there’s still time for plenty of fun in the sun at many of Ohio’s
lakeside beaches and swimming holes. The following 10 swimming spots have some of the clearest, most pristine water—and they’re some of our all-time favorite beaches and lakes in Ohio. Check it out:
1. Tappan Lake
Near a restored Indian village at Shoenbrunn State Park in Deersville, Tappan Lake serves as a popular swimming, boating and camping destination. The water is simply beautiful here.
2. Salt Fork Lake Beach
One of Ohio's most beloved state parks is home to one of the state's most peaceful lakes in Guernsey County. The designated swimming area here is perfect for a day of family fun.
3. Cedar Point Beach
It's no secret that the shores of Ohio's Great Lake are pristine, but you'd be surprised how many people don't know about Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky. After a day (or two) of roller coaster mania, relax on the shores of Lake Erie at this beautiful beach.
4. Kelleys Island State Park Beach
Tucked away on the north side of Kelleys Island is a secluded and lovely 100 ft. stretch of sand and a beach perfect for wading waist-deep in Lake Erie.
5. Lakeview Park Beach
Lorain County's beloved beach features a summer concert series, beach volleyball, the historic Rose Garden, a nearby cafe and even stand-up paddle board lessons.
6. Headlands Beach State Park
While Lake Erie is home to more than 30 beautiful beaches, Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor stands out among the rest. It is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, and it features the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse, a beloved local landmark. The water is gorgeous, and the photo opportunities are endless.
7. Maumee Bay State Park Beach
This half-a-mile-long beach in Oregon features an amphitheater for special entertainment, an inland lake for smoother swimming, a large inflatable water slide, beach volleyball and boat rentals.
8. Buck Creek State Park Beach
This popular camping destination in Springfield features a 2,400-foot sand beach. It's a pristine place to soak up the sun on a hot summer day.
9. Mineral Springs Lake Resort
Tucked away in Adams County, you’ll find the hidden gem of Mineral Springs Lake, a picturesque lake fed by natural spring water that’s loaded with nature’s healthy minerals.
10. Punderson State Park Lake
This 150-acre natural lake features a small swimming beach within Punderson State Park that's perfect for taking a serene dip.