Where can I enjoy a round of golf in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Sawmill Creek Golf Club in Huron, Ohio.

Sawmill Creek Golf Club in Huron, Ohio.

The golf courses in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands are groomed and ready to challenge enthusiasts. More than a dozen courses provide variations for golfers of all skill levels and budgets. From quick-play executive courses to country club quality resort terrain, golfers can enjoy challenging runs with captivating views and tremendous character.

Bay Point Golf Course
10948 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead
419.798.4434
Public; 9-hole, par 27.

Chippewa Golf Course
2355 W. SR 579, Curtice
419.386.8111
Public; 18-hole, par 71 course with bar/lounge, cart rental, club rental, pro shop, snack bar, and tee times.

Eagle Creek Golf Course
2406 New State Rd., Norwalk
419.668.8535
Upscale public; 18-hole, par 71, practice facility, snack bar, and golf shop.

Keys Golf Course
4115 Boos Rd., Huron
419.433.5585
Public; 9-hole, par 36

Mills Creek Golf Course
1933 Mills St., Sandusky
419.627.5803 or 419.627.5886
Public; 9-hole, par 36, challenging course with water features. Built in the 1930s by WPA.

Oak Harbor Golf Club
10433 CR 17, Oak Harbor
419.898.1493
Public; 18-hole, par 72 course with pro shop, golf instruction, driving range, and sports bar.

Saunders Golf Course
1495 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.3917
Public; 9-hole, par 27, club rental. No carts on course.

Sawmill Creek Golf Club
at Sawmill Creek Resort, 600 Mariner Village, Huron
419.433.3789 or 800.SAWMILL
Tom Fazio designed, 18-hole, par 71, public course offers views of Lake Erie.

Sugar Creek Golf Course
950 W. Elmore Eastern Rd., Elmore
419.862.2551 or 866.280.2527
Public; 18-hole course, lessons available by appointment.

Thunderbird Hills Golf Course
1316 Mudbrook Rd. (SR 13), Huron
419.433.4552
Public; 36-hole, par 72, food and beverages available. Two 18- hole courses, North Course and South Course.

Vermilion Country Club
12210 W. Lake Rd. (US 6), Vermilion
440.967.3492
Public; 9-hole, par 36, live entertainment, bar and grill, and families welcome.

Willow Creek Golf Club
15905 Darrow Rd. E, Vermilion
440.967.4101
Public; 18-hole, par 72, tree lined fairways, driving range, and pro shop.

Woussickett Golf Course
6311 Mason Rd., Sandusky
419.359.1141
Public, 18-hole course that delivers dramatic doglegs surrounded by several open links-style holes.

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Where Can I Enjoy the Beach at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Catawba Nickel Plate Beach in Huron
Catawba Island State Park
4049 Moore’s Dock Rd.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, boat ramp. Pets permitted.

Huron
Lakefront Park
Park St.
419.433.8487
Sandy beach, restrooms, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, drinking fountain. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Nickel Plate Beach
Nickel Plate Dr. (off US 6E.)
419.433.8487
Parking fee, sandy beach, picnic shelter, grills, playground, beach volleyball. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island State Park
920 N. Division St.
419.746.2546  ohiodnr.com/parks
Sandy beach, playground, hiking trail, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets allowed in permitted areas. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Lakeside
Central Park Beach
236 Walnut Ave.
419.798.4461
Playground, splash pad, sandy beach. Gate fee required Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Marblehead
East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269 N)
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Sandy beach, lifeguard, concession bath house, grills, restrooms, picnic tables, walking trails, bike path, fishing, camping nearby. Pets allowed in C and D areas only.

Port Clinton
Camp Perry
1000 Lawrence Rd.
888.889.7010
Available for public use; I.D. required. No pets permitted. Sand beach and fishing pier.

Port Clinton City Beach
E. Perry St. (SR 163 W)
Sandy beach, playground, picnic tables, basketball court, charcoal grills, restrooms. Pets permitted on leash.

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
South Bass Island State Park
1169 Catawba Ave.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, playground, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets permitted. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Sandusky
Cedar Point Beach
419.627.2350
Must pay admission to Cedar Point or Soak City, or be a guest at Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point Resort, or the Cedar Point Marina. Parking fee. Sandy beach, beach volleyball, lounge chairs, Jet Ski rentals, and restaurants nearby. Pets not permitted.

Vermilion
Main Street Beach
Main St. (off US 6)
440.204.2490
Sandy beach, observation deck, and benches. Near shops and restaurants. Concession stand. No pets allowed.

Sherod  Park Main Street Beach in Vermilion
US 6 & Coen Rd.
440.204.2490
Natural area, sandy beach, ball diamonds, picnic shelters, playgrounds, soccer field. No pets allowed.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Official Travel Planner to Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands area, call 800.255.3743, 800.441.1271, or visit us online at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Where Can I Enjoy Winter Fun in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally woken up! We aren’t sure how long he’ll stick around so take advantage of the weather while you can. Get out and enjoy this winter wonderland!

Cross Country Skiing

Coupling MetroPark
11618 SR 13, Milan
419.625.7783

DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve
1805 River Rd., Huron
419.625.7783

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (off SR 169), Marblehead
419.734.4424 ext. 2

East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
419.625.7783

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.625.7783

Kelleys Island State Park
920 Division St., Kelleys Island
419.746.2546 or 419.734.4424

Osborn MetroPark
3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783

Pelton Park
800 Pelton Park Dr. (off Hull Rd.), Sandusky
419.625.7783

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Ice Fishing

Ice formation on Lake Erie encourages hardy anglers to experience the unique winter fishing opportunities in the area however, warmer temperatures have put a damper on this year’s ice fishing so far. Please call Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – West at 800.441.1271 for an up-to-date fishing report.

Ice Skating

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (off SR 169), Marblehead
419.734.4424

Jaycee Park
1539 Milan Rd., Sandusky
419.627.5886 or 419.627.5884    ci.sandusky.oh.us

Lions Park
421 LaSalle St., Sandusky
419.627.5886 or 419.627.5884

Waterworks Park
Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Sledding

Coupling MetroPark
11618 SR 13, Huron
419.625.7783

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.625.7783

Heigel Park
N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Mills Creek Golf Course Sledding
1933 Mills St., Sandusky
419.627.5803 or 419.627.5884

Taft Hill
S. Taft St., Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Please feel free to comment with your favorite winter hot spots or share your winter experience with us!

Water Fun: Where Can I Splish-Splash Outdoors?

Splish-splash all day long in these three outdoor waterpark locations:


Huron Park Splash Pad
Huron Park, Corner of Hancock & Monroe sts. and Huron Ave., Sandusky
419.627.5879
The Splash pad is operated by the City of Sandusky and is a popular spot for local families. It is open every day, Memorial Day – Labor Day, from 10 am-9 pm and is free to the public, making it a great destination for families on a budget.

Monsoon Lagoon Water Park & Family Fun Center
1530 S. Danbury Rd. N, Port Clinton
419.732.6671 or 866.732.6671
Affordable water park complex, including a gigantic aqua play center, tipping bucket, water slides, a lazy river and an adult pool with swim-up bar. The family entertainment center has 18-hole miniature golf, bumper boats, NASCAR go-karts and an arcade.

Soak City
1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky
419.627.2350
An 18-acre outdoor waterpark next to Cedar Point, Soak City features Splash Zone, a huge bucket and multi-story interactive water play area, with refreshing cascades of liquid fun to splash about in. Also enjoy cresting the waves in Breakers Bay, a half-million-gallon wave pool; rafting with friends on Zoom Flume; speeding down body and tube slides; challenging a wild inner tube river and relaxing in a meandering river. Choo-Choo Lagoon and Tadpole Town offer big fun for little ones, Eerie Falls plunges riders into tunnels of darkness, and Adventure Cove is a great place for parents and children to play together; and for adults only, there’s Bubbles Swim-Up Bar. Soak City guests also get to enjoy the sandy Cedar Point Beach. Soak City opens Memorial Day Weekend, and is open daily through Labor Day. Proper swimwear is required. Admission to Cedar Point not required, but parking fee is.

Where can I go Horseback Riding in the area?

Explore a different side of Lake Erie Shores & Islands; go horseback riding! The options aren’t plentiful but the experience will be memorable.

Dreams Come True Stables
2110 Scheid Rd., Huron
419.433.0355
This stable is by appointment only. Therapeutic riding and/or petting is available for persons with special needs. Please call in advance for pricing and availability.

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.625.7783
Horseback riding (bring your own horse) on shared trails. Edison Woods Preserve is comprised of marshy meadows and wet woods. Portable restroom, six miles of grass and wood chip hiking paths. Open daily, year-round, 8 am-sundown.

Maple Crest Farms
7009 Maple Ave., Castalia
419.553.7788
Call for details and to make arrangements; 24-hr advance notice preferred. $40/person; $35/2nd person for instruction and riding at the farm; no experience required. Experienced instructor on hand at all times. Starting at $60/person for distance rides away from the farm; experience required. Group rates available.

Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Shores & Islands

Spring time in Ohio is for the birds! Hundreds of birding enthusiasts grab their binoculars and head for the outdoors to catch a peek of the visiting migrants. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands region in Northwest Ohio offers some of the best birding in North America during this time. Popular species include warblers, shorebirds, waterbirds, bald eagles, herons and more. Below are the top 6 birding hot spots in Lake Erie Shores & Islands:

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead
419.734.4424 or 866.644.6727
With its scenic wetlands, nature enthusiasts are sure to catch a glimpse of ducks, geese, gulls, terns and other migratory waterfowl.

Kelleys Island
419.746.2360
An abundance of nature trails provides a great environment for warblers, ducks, sparrows, raptors, herons, shorebirds, and more.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
419.898.0960
This is one of the best places in Ohio to witness the spring migration of neotropical birds. Here you will find an abundance of warblers, orioles, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers and raptors.

Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
2514 Cleveland Rd. E, Huron
419.433.4601
This is one of the Great Lakes’ best remaining natural estuaries. The area attracts waterfowl, wading birds and neotropical migrants.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
419.898.0014
More than 300 species have been sighted in past years, including warblers, ducks, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, shorebirds, and raptors.

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
2715 Cleveland Rd. W, Huron
This diverse habitat offers unusual species such as the golden-winged warbler and the more common ducks and shorebirds.

These are only a few of the hotspots in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Click here for a complete list of birding opportunities.

Pet-friendly Beaches in the Shores & Islands

It is difficult to imagine many places a dog is happier than at a beach. From digging a hole and running around on the sand, to playing in the water and catching some rays, every dog deserves a day at the beach! We’ve sniffed out a few of the most popular dog beaches in the area just for you and your pooch:

Catawba
Catawba Island State Park – 419.797.4530

Huron
Lakefront Park – 419.433.8487

Nickel Plate Beach – 419.433.8487

Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island State Park – 419.797.4530

Put-in-Bay
South Bass Island State Park – 419.797.4530

Vermilion
Main Street Beach – 440.967.4477

Sherod Park – 440.967.4477