East Harbor State Park Beach is a part of East Harbor State Park that encompasses 1,831 acres of state parkland on the shores of Lake Erie, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The park is situated east of Port Clinton, which is the county seat of Ottawa County, Ohio.
Within the park is a two-mile-long stretch of dunes and beaches that separates the harbor from the fresh waters of Lake Erie. The East Harbor was thousands of years ago the former mouth of the Portage River, which flowed into the Lake Erie after crossing the Catawba Island Peninsula. More recently, in 1972, part of this beach was damaged by a storm that washed away a large section of the two-mile stretch. Four segmented offshore breakers have been built in this area to protect what is left of the beach. The current beach area is much smaller, and swimming is allowed in this area.
Besides the beach, there are several other features that make this part of the park popular as well. The unique flora and fauna including several diverse species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and other mammals make this place quite attractive to nature enthusiasts. In fact, East Harbor State Park is one of the more popular areas in Ohio that attracts birdwatchers.
Furthermore, you could also enjoy picnicking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and several other activities at the park beach area. When at the beach area, you should be aware that floatation devices are not allowed. Changing areas are provided and you can also make use of picnic tables and the playground in the area.
Dogs are only allowed in designated areas and you should, therefore, be careful not to let your dog wander into areas that are not designated as being pet-friendly. It is also highly advisable to carry poop bags with you so that you can clean up after your dog in order to avoid causing any inconvenience to others.