Boating Lake Erie, Ohio
Quaint and peaceful sailing
There are many who claim that Lake Erie has the best boating east of the Mississippi. The Lake Erie Shores and Islands boast more than 150 miles of freshwater coastline and some of the greatest attractions around. The area is home to an abundance of transient dockage and terrific cruising destinations in close proximity including the Erie Islands, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, Toledo, Sandusky, and more. The second part of our continuing series on the Great Lakes region features information about a few of Lake Erie's hotspots. Enjoy!
Founded in 1796, thirty years later Cleveland profited greatly from the opening of the Ohio Canal between the Ohio River and Lake Erie. During the city's heyday, which began with the Civil War and lasted until the 1920s, its vast iron and coal supplies made it one of the most important steel and shipbuilding centers in the world. John D. Rockefeller made his billions here, as did the many others whose restored old mansions line "Millionaires' Row."
Today, the great industrial port of Cleveland boasts a sensitive restoration of the Lake Erie/Cuyahoga River waterfront, a vibrant arts scene with incredible theatre, a world-renowned orchestra, opera, art museums, independent film and more. Clevelandites love their sports teams including the Indians (baseball), Browns (football) and Cavaliers (basketball). Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a multitude of live music venues.
Cleveland celebrates its rich ethnic heritage with family picnics, neighborhood festivals, gallery exhibits and pride parades. This diversity creates a culinary scene offering everything from pierogi and walleye to gourmet four-diamond dining.
Things to See and Do
The large coal-shipping port of Sandusky, fifty miles west of Cleveland on US-2, is one of the most visited of the lakeshore towns, thanks to Cedar Point Amusement Park, five miles southeast of town. No roller coaster fan should miss the opportunity to enjoy the best amusement park in the world! Cedar Point is the largest ride park in the nation and boasts no less than thirteen roller coasters. The park is on a peninsula, so in addition to the thrills, you get beautiful views of the lake from the top of the rides. The neighboring Soak City water park provides a good way to cool off, with eighteen acres of water slides and a wave pool. The parks are both opened daily from May to October.
As one of the hidden treasures of the north coast of Lake Erie, Port Clinton is a quaint community, which is home to great walleye and perch fishing, sandy beaches and a historic downtown.
Located on South Bass Island, Put-In-Bay offers adventure around every corner. The island played a significant role in the War of 1812 as the location of the squadron of U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry, who sailed from the port on September 10, 1813 to engage a British squadron just north of the island in the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay is the third tallest national monument in the United States.
Once you have docked on South Bass Island, you can rent a golf cart, bicycle or scooter to explore the entire island and enjoy educational and historical sites, natural areas, wineries, shopping, and dining. You can also take advantage of the ferry service which connects Put-in-Bay with Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Port Clinton, and Sandusky.