The Life Aquatic
From Family Vacations to Fishing Excursions, Lake Erie Is Filled with Fun for Water LoversBy Kelly Pickerel
Days on the lake are memories you cherish for a lifetime. From family vacations to fishing excursions, the shores of a little ocean like Lake Erie attract our holidays and weekends with memorable adventures. For starters, there are 10 state parks along the coast, highlighted by the Headlands Beach State Park with the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve in Lake County.
“With a mile of sand and shoreline, you see Lake Erie’s wild side at Headlands Beach,” says Carol G. Ward, park naturalist. “The dunes and unusual plants here are more typical of the Atlantic Coast than the Midwest.”
At nearby Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a nine-mile bike trail traces the shoreline and provides access to Wildwood Park, an area great for fishing on the lake. Anglers should check out head boat charters at nearby Wildwood Marina or book the beautiful Holiday vessel located on the Cuyahoga River. If a beautiful boat ride is all that’s needed, relax on a luxury ship like the Goodtime III or the Nautica Queen. Both offer sight-seeing trips for all ages and group sizes.
If you like to be in control of your own destiny, rent a jet ski, boat, or kayak from Great Lake Watersports located on the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River in the Flats. Over in Lorain, Lake Erie Paddler offers standup paddleboard lessons and rentals.
“Standup paddling is very easy to learn,” says Jim Lawhead, owner of Lake Erie Paddler. “It’s a great core exercise that works the entire body.”
These are all ideal opportunities to create a few new memories celebrating the majesty and magnetism of Lake Erie this spring and summer.