Cleveland April 18, 2017
9 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Cleveland This Summer
As the temperature continues to rise around Cleveland, the refreshing warmth of spring will soon be replaced by the blistering heat of summer. There are few better ways to beat the heat than a day at the lake. These lakes around the Forest City are some of the best in all of northeast Ohio.
1. Hinckley Lake (1 West Dr, Hinckley)
This stunning lake is found on the Hinckley Reservation, close to other natural wonders like Whipp's Ledges. The water is perfect for small watercraft, fishing, and other summer activities.
2. Punderson Lake (11755 Kinsman Rd, Newbury Township)
Located in the middle of Punderson State Park, this small, isolated lake is as beautiful as it is fun to experience. Boating, fishing, swimming, and so much more is all open to the public thanks to incredibly well-maintained public beaches and boat launches.
3. Wallace Lake (Berea)
This incredible lake was enlarged in 1941 by manmade channels that jumpstarted the local fish population. There are so many incredible fish just waiting to be caught here that Wallace Lake is the site of the annual Cleveland Metroparks children's fishing derby.
4. Sunny Lake (885 E Mennonite Rd, Aurora)
True to its name, the summer sunshine sends dazzling waves of light dancing across the waters of this incredible lake in Aurora. There are plenty of wide-open swaths of water that are ideal for boating, fishing, and all your favorite lakeside activities.
5. Wiegand's Lake (9393 Kinsman Rd, Novelty)
Wiegand's Lake is one of the Cleveland area's most popular wedding locations, and one look at the breathtaking natural lake and lush greenery that surrounds it will make it easy to see why. There are few places in northeast Ohio that are more picturesque than this small lake.
6. Coe Lake (Berea Commons, Berea)
The second lake on this list from Berea, Coe Lake is hardly a second fiddle to its bigger neighbor. The scenery here is spellbinding, and the majestic fountain that casts shimmering water high into the air is only the beginning.
7. Shaker Lakes (2600 S Park Blvd)
Cleveland's Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is one of the best ways to get more in touch with the glory of the great outdoors. From swarms of wild ducks that prowl the water honking desperately for scraps to the birds that soar overhead, this natural oasis is a wonderful way to see the aquatic side of the Forest City.
8. Shadow Lake (Hawthorn Pkwy, Bentleyville)
Located within the sprawling, lovely South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville, and part of the Cleveland Metroparks netowrk, Shadow Lake is one of northeast Ohio's best-kept secrets. The sparkling clear waters and isolated woodland scenery combine for an experience unlike any other.
9. Lake Erie
Of course, no discussion about the best lakes around Cleveland is complete without the greatest of them all. This sprawling Great Lake runs across the entirety of Ohio's north coast, but it's on the banks of Cleveland where it shines the most. Virtually every Clevelander has forged a lifetime memories on the waters of Lake Erie, and it will continue to bring relief from the summer heat for generations to come.
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