East Harbor State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Along the shores of the vast Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park offers many opportunities for outdoor activities and fun! You can boat, fish, swim, and look for water-loving birds, shorebirds, and other wildlife that make the park’s wetlands their home. 

Weather in East Harbor gets quite chilly in winter, with a January average low of 21°F. Summers are mild, with highs in the low 80s. The park gets an average of 5-8 days of rain each month, with its rainiest months in spring. 

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Weather
Spring 31-68 F
Summer 64-83 F
Fall 38-73 F
Winter 21-37 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in East Harbor State Park

Camping is available at 340 sites with electric hookups at the park. There are showers, flush toilets, and a dump station nearby. Bicycles can be rented at the camp office, and there is a fish cleaning building available for campers to use. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Each rental vehicle comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your travel plans and unique needs.   

There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

Fort Firelands RV Resort

This campground includes a complex that looks like an early 1800s frontier fort and encompasses a restaurant, shops, a flea market, and a stage for bands and other activities. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes 
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, pool, playground, mini golf

Surf Motel & Campground

The Surf Motel & Campground is near Lake Erie, and is within biking or walking distance of the lighthouse or quaint downtown shops. The campground is just a half hour drive from Cedar Point and other Ohio attractions. 

  • Water hookup: n/a
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, fishing pond, playground, showers, boat parking, laundry

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What to Do at
East Harbor State Park

Inside East Harbor State Park

There are a number of things to do at East Harbor State Park.

Boating: Lake Erie obviously offers a lot of boating options! A marina at the park allows guests to rent docks seasonally or for the day, and has fuel, a launch ramp, a mechanic, boat supplies, and a restaurant. There are also places to launch kayaks and non-motorized boats as well. 

Disc golf: There’s an 18-hole course, plus one practice hole. The course is near the Lockwood Shelter House. Players need to bring their own equipment as the park does not have rental equipment. There is no fee to play. 

Fishing: Lake Erie is the walleye capital of the world, and also has yellow perch, channel catfish, smallmouth, and white bass. The East and West Harbors are great places for bluegill, crappie, and carp. Anglers are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license. 

Hunting: Hunting for waterfowl is allowed on the easter side of the offshore islands. A valid Ohio hunting license is required. 

Swimming: The park has a 1,500-foot sand beach on Lake Erie where swimming is permitted. 

Hiking: There are a number of trails through the park that total more than 10 miles. Trails are all multi-use, and allow hiking, biking, snowmobiles, and more. 

Winter recreation: Park visitors can snowmobile, ice skate, ice fish, ice boat, and cross-country ski in the park during snowy months. 

Outside East Harbor State Park

There’s plenty to do outside the park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Marblehead Galley

This indoor-outdoor restaurant serves up casual food all day long, beginning with hearty breakfasts! Try seafood like the yellow perch, plucked directly from Lake Erie, or grab a wrap for a picnic lunch. And save room for a homemade dessert!

Type: American

Location: Lakeside Marblehead

Big Boppers Restaurant

An old-time eatery that serves up all-day breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and home fries. You can also get local seafood from the lake, served up fresh at the restaurant.

Type: Diner

Location: Lakeside Marblehead

Canoe Club Wine Bar

This chic restaurant and bar features brick-oven pizza, salads, sandwiches, global wines, and handcrafted cocktails to unwind after a long day on the water!

Type: Pizza bar

Location: Lakeside Marblehead

Shopping

Marblehead Soap Company

Shop for natural, handcrafted soaps, organic body products, candles, and more in a plethora of scents! The store also features artists and craft-work from around Ohio, local honey and organic products right from our very own Wild Thyme Farm, essential oils, baked goods,canned items, massage services, and even all natural products for pets.
Location: Lakeside Marblehead

Sightseeing

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

See the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. You can tour the lighthouse during summer months, and visit the museum run by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society.

Location: Marblehead

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

2,600 acres of wetlands with nature study areas and fishing access at Turtle Creek. There is controlled public duck hunting in the area as well.

Location: Oak Harbor

Cedar Point

This amusement park calls itself The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, and has many thrilling rides to make its point. Spend a day on hair-raising, spine-chilling roller coasters, or cool off at the adjacent water park.

Location: Sandusky

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How to Get to
East Harbor State Park

Take US-6/Tiffin Ave, then turn left onto Fremont Ave. Turn right to merge onto OH-2 W, and take exit 125A-B for OH-269 N toward Lakeside/Marblehead. Continue onto OH-269 N. Continue to follow OH-269 N until you turn right onto E. Harbor State Park. 

The address for the park is 1169 N. Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio.

Entering East Harbor State Park

There is no entrance fee for the park.

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