Kelleys Island State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Kelleys Island State Park

presents the perfect view of limestone cliffs, crystal caverns, and the beautiful Lake Erie. The island was formed during the glacial period when massive ice sheets entered Ohio. Before the war of 1812, the area was occupied by Ottawa and Huron Indian tribes at different times throughout the years; European settlers eventually moved the tribes out. Over time, islanders soon realized that the cultivation of grapes was very profitable, and sometimes, they called Kelleys Island "Wine Island." Two major cities near the state park are Sandusky and Marblehead. 

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Weather
Spring 29-70 F
Summer 61-84 F
Fall 35-74 F
Winter 31-37 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Kelleys Island State Park

An island is an oasis all on its own, but when you add the comforts of an RV to the mix, you'll have a luxurious home away from home delight. If you are someone who doesn't own an RV, consider renting one with RVshare.com, where you can choose from many sizes and models. 

Forest RV Park

Forest RV Park offers various seasonal spaces from mid-April to mid-October, making it the perfect location for summer fun. The sites are 30 feet by 40 feet and can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 40 feet long. There is a camp store on-site for the convenience of all seasonal campers.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Swimming pool, laundry facility, and playground

Fort Firelands Resort

Fort Firelands Resort offers both seasonal and weekend camping sites for all RV sizes. The resort has a restaurant on site that serves various breakfast and lunch items. A shop is also conveniently located on the grounds where you can get fishing supplies, clothing, and a host of other items. You can fish, swim, or chill by the fire at this well-maintained resort.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Hot showers, restroom, and basketball court

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What to Do at
Kelleys Island State Park

Inside Kelleys Island State Park

Inside Kelleys Island State Park, you'll be able to explore the six miles of hiking trails that lead to scenic vistas, historic sites, and two nature preserves. The preserve is a quiet place to observe wildlife. With boat access to Lake Erie, anglers will have a blast trying to catch the many fish species that live here. Visitors can head to the 100-foot beach to go swimming or catch some rays during warmer seasons. Picnic areas and a picnic shelter are also available inside the park. 

Outside Kelleys Island State Park

The area just outside of Kelleys Island State Park has an abundance of things to do and see for the whole family. The island is known for a great selection of restaurants, offering everything from American and Mexican favorites to smoked meats and cocktails. Grocery stores, gift shops, and other shopping places are also available outside of the state park. Area attractions you can enjoy and explore consist of wildlife observation and museum exhibits that tell you the island's history.

Restaurants

The Village Pump

Since 1983, The Village Pump has been known as the perfect watering hole for boaters and visitors. Whether you're just looking for an appetizer or a full-course meal, this restaurant has what you are looking for, including white wines, champagne, red wines, and beer.

Type: American

Location: 103 West Lakeshore Drive, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

The Caddy Shack

Catch the game or enjoy a cold beer at this simple shack that is known for its famous wings, Italian subs, pizza, and more. 

Type: Italian

Location: 115 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Peeper's Bar

Fill up on delicious smoked meats and signature cocktails at Peeper's Bar, which sits about a mile and a half from Kelleys Island State Park.

Type: Bar

Location: 109 West Lakeshore Drive, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

KI Cantina

KI Cantina is a margarita bar that serves 100% blue agave tequila and Mexican cuisine. It happens to be the smallest bar on the island, yet it provides live music entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.

Type: Mexican

Location: 418 Woodford Road, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Dockers Waterfront Bar and Restaurant

Dock your Jet Skis or boat at the Dockers Waterfront Bar and Restaurant, where you can choose something from their amazing selection of American food. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold here as well. 

Type: American

Location: 114 West Lakeshore Drive, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Shopping

Kelleys Island General Store

Looking for the ideal gift or souvenir to take home with you? Look no further than Kelleys Island General Store. You're sure to find something with all the jewelry, clothing, and gift-worthy décor. There is even a toys section for your little ones.

Location: 118 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Chicklets Closet

Chicklets Closet features fresh produce, clothing, pet supplies, gifts, and more. They are open daily, so you'll have an opportunity to check it out anytime you're on Kelleys Island.

Location: 113 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

The Village Peddler

You can select everything from casual décor to custom designs at The Village Peddler. There is an excellent selection of clothing, gifts, and shoes to choose from in this cute shop.

Location: 130 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Island Mining Company

Located in Caddy Shack Square in the heart of downtown, Island Mining Company is a great place to find gifts or hidden treasures. Gem mining, rocks, stones, and fossils are just a few things you can find here.

Location: 115-IM Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Knoll Crest Shopping Center

Knoll Crest Shopping Center offers a grocery store and various retail stores all in one place. The parking lot area has plenty of space for RVs and campers to maneuver through and park. The shopping center is 12.9 miles from the Island and does take close to an hour to get to, but it is well worth the travel.

Location: 4054 East Harbor Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452

Sightseeing

Marblehead U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum

Marblehead U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum is a replica of the 1876 United States Lifesaving Station. The exhibit showcases its history, boat safety, and expands on the history of shipping on the Great Lakes.

Location: 513 East Main Street, Marblehead, OH 43440

Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve

The Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve contains fossils that are about 350 to 400 million years old. The largest Glacial Grooves can be seen on the north side of Kelleys Island. The tour will take you through various walkways, a footbridge, and stairs so that you can look down on the immense grooves.

Location: 739 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438

Marblehead Lighthouse

Marblehead Lighthouse was built in 1821 and still stands strong today, making it the oldest lighthouse in the United States. While you're there, stop in at The Keeper's House Museum, where you can learn about the history behind all the lighthouse keepers and more.

Location: 110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead, OH 43440

African Safari Wildlife Park

Take your car through a drive-thru safari at the African Safari Wildlife Park, where you can observe the habitat of exotic animals, including giant elands, giraffes, and Bactrian camels. After you have driven through the safari, you can view more exotic animals on the walk-through safari. They are open Monday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

Location: 267 South Litner Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

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How to Get to
Kelleys Island State Park

The Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line provides daily vehicle and passenger service from Marblehead and Sandusky to Kelleys Island. The ferry accepts automobiles, walk-on passengers, bicycles, and pets, and it can also accommodate RVs, tractor-trailers, trucks, and tour buses. You could also fly to the island and land at Kelleys Island Land Field Airport.

From the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line, continue straight and make a left onto East Lakeshore Drive. Turn right onto Division Street and follow for about a mile and a half to the state park.

From Kelleys Island Land Field Airport, head west toward Monagan Road and turn right. Follow Monagan Road until you reach Hamilton Road and then, make a left. Follow Hamilton Road to Ward Road and turn left. Go less than a mile to Division Street and make a right. Travel for about a half-mile to the state park.

Entering Kelleys Island State Park

Kelleys Island State Park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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