There’s Something Magical About These 11 Lakes In Ohio In The Summer

Here in the Buckeye State, there’s nothing quite like a hot, summer day spent relaxing or recreating at one of the many beautiful lakes in Ohio. Truly: the best way to embrace the summer season is with as many lakeside days as possible! Last year, we highlighted some of our favorite lakes in Ohio. This year, we’d like to draw your attention to some others that are just as tranquil and beautiful. Here are 11 beautiful lakes in Ohio that are practically magical in the summer sun:

What’s your favorite lake in Ohio? Did it make the list of most beautiful lakes in Ohio? Tell us about your go-to spots for a summer lake day in the Buckeye State!

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Beautiful lakes in Ohio

June 12, 2022

What is the most beautiful lake in Ohio?

While the above contenders certainly qualify as some of the most beautiful lakes in Ohio, in terms of superlatives, we absolutely love our Lake Erie landscape, in particular, the stunning waters of Kelleys Island. Tucked away on the north side of Kelleys Island is a secluded and lovely 100-foot stretch of sand and a beach perfect for wading waist-deep in Lake Erie... and it's a hidden gem that you might have all to yourself! Another Lake Erie stunner is Cedar Point Beach. It's no secret that the shores of Ohio's Great Lake are pristine, and Cedar Point Beach really is an underrated treasure. Folks come here for the world-class roller coasters and water park, but you'd be surprised how many people don't know about Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky!

What's a hidden gem lake in Ohio to visit in the summer?

We mentioned if briefly above, but Natural Springs Resort in New Paris, Ohio, truly is a hidden gem lake in Ohio. Featuring a beautiful, spring-fed lake, it really is the picture-perfect place to take a dip on a sunny day or camp for the weekend. Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor is another standout gem; it is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, and it features the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse, too, which is a beloved and iconic local landmark. The water is gorgeous, and the photo opportunities are endless!