Cleveland January 01, 2018
9 Lake Erie Beaches That Are Pure Magic In The Winter
Locals love Cleveland’s location on Lake Erie’s coast for the unrivaled beauty that its landscape provides. The coast is absolutely captivating, but many locals stay away from its icy shores in our colder months. While winter is certainly not the ideal time for swimming, it is the most splendid time of year to witness Lake Erie’s raw power in action. Lake Erie’s frozen coast is the place to be if you’re looking for a winter wonderland, and you are guaranteed to find it at these enchanting spots:
1. East Beach, Lakeview Park, Lorain
The Lorain County Metroparks maintains this stunning park, keeping its 20 acres flawlessly manicured. Except in the winter, that is, when Mother Nature herself gets to decide how the landscape looks. With a scenic view of the Lorain Lighthouse and icy accoutrements decorating its splendid surroundings, there is so much majesty in this frozen wonderland.
2. Huntington Beach, Huntington Reservation, Bay Village
This beach has been part of the Cleveland Metroparks since the 1920s. Over the years, locals have flocked to its shores to enjoy all that Lake Erie has to offer. Pack a picnic and watch the ice-ridden waves crash against the shore, or take a winter waterfront hike and watch for snowy owls.
3. Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, Marblehead
This super charming park hosts the oldest operating lighthouse on the United States' side of the Great Lakes. In the winter its landscape becomes absolutely picturesque, transforming into a scene off of a Christmas card.
4. Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Stroll along the Lakefront Promenade and you are sure to fall in love with Lake Erie's winter landscape. If it's a clear day, you may be able to spot Cleveland's iconic skyline from the charming coast. To warm up, head into Lakewood and explore a new restaurant.
5. Walnut Beach, Ashtabula
In the warmer months, this family-friendly beach is packed with visitors. It is almost eerie to see it so still in the winter, Nevertheless, you will love the nature trail and the icy habitats it takes you through.
6. Cedar Point Chaussee, Sandusky
You may know this route as the "back way" to Cedar Point, but locals know it as a sight of ethereal beauty. If you find yourself in Sandusky this winter, take a drive along the Lake's coast. You may even want to find a place to pull over so you can admire the view.
7. Fairport Harbor Beach, Lakefront Park, Fairport Harbor
This lovely lakefront park is maintained by the Lake Metro Parks. In the summer, locals come here for ice cream and fun in the sun. In the beach's off-season, however, it has a very different vibe.The startling stillness of wintertime will inspire you, and it's icy shores provide incredible views.
8. Edgewater Beach, Lakefront Reservation, Cleveland
This 2400 foot beach is a local favorite in the warmer months, thanks in part to its stunning views of Downtown. During the winter, the entirety of Lakefront Reservation is transformed by snow's frozen splendor. Lake Erie looks completely different in the winter, and this urban gem of a park offers an unforgettable way to experience it.
9. Catawba Island State Park, Port Clinton
In the summer, locals take full advantage of warm weather activities like fishing and picnicking at this stunning park. In the colder months, however, you will find a different scene at this 10-acre park. The lake tucks frozen chunks of ice against its shore, and wintery clouds dance toward the mainland.
Winter brings wonder to America’s North Coast, and we Clevelanders aren’t letting the cold temperatures keep us indoors. Where do you go to enjoy the winter landscape?
To experience more of Cleveland’s winter wonderland, you must visit these