East Harbor State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park is a wildlife lover's paradise, showcasing the amazing wildlife preserve area, magnificent lake views, and spectacular greenery. Located near Lakeside and Marblehead, OH, this state park is a must for your next RV outing. You'll have countless opportunities for outdoor adventures in a unique lake landscape. From hiking and wildlife watching to fishing, East Harbor State Park offers a vast array of outdoor activities.

The lake views of East Harbor State Park are spectacular, extending for miles. You will enjoy soaking in the lake air while being surrounded by countless songbirds, geese, and other waterfowl. There is more wildlife in the park's wetlands than any other Ohio habitat. Historians will enjoy learning about the Ottawa and Wyandot tribes that inhabited the area.

Once you park your rig at East Harbor State Park you can journey out onto one of the many trails located throughout the park. For wildlife viewers, there is an amazing viewing spot on the lake to watch songbirds before they fly north. The West Harbor Trail is an easy trail for walking, while the Water's Edge Trail is a more moderate one-mile trail, where you may explore the lake and wetlands. East Harbor State Park in Ohio is a perfect RV destination no matter the time of you visited.

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Transportation in East Harbor State Park

Driving

East Harbor State Park is easily accessible by RV or car, since it is located six miles from Lakeside and Marblehead, OH, off of OH 269. Local roads will take you anywhere in the park you wish to go, from the Park Office and Marina to the campground and trails. There are no driving restrictions in the park for RVs or trailers, so getting around is easy, whether you are in your rig or another vehicle.

Parking is located by the campgrounds, the pond, and the Harbor View Shelterhouse. You can also park your rig at the campground if you are staying overnight. Should you want to get some exercise, get out of your RV and walk around the group area, boardwalk, marina or up to the bird watch platforms. These areas are also accessible with your bike so don't be afraid to put on your helmet and go for a spin.

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Campgrounds and parking in East Harbor State Park

Campsites in East Harbor State Park

Reservations camping

Sandusky / Bayshore KOA

The award-winning, family-friendly Sandusky/Bayshore KOA campground blends the best of the city and the bay area. The KOA campground is the closest campground to Cedar Point and also offers access to Lake Erie, the Edison Museum, island cruises, the Merry-Go-Round Museum and fishing charters. Campground amenities include cable and basic Wi-Fi, updated bathrooms, two heated swimming pools, a catch-and-release fishing pond, nature trails, bike and pedal cart rentals, recreational facilities, a jump pillow, a gem mine, a café and snack bar and planned activities including family movie nights and ice cream socials.

East Harbor State Park Campground

East Harbor State Park offers 551 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year-round. The campsites are located in the East Harbor Campground. A number of campsites provide access to electricity, water, and some have full hookups. Some sites offer beautiful waterfront views. Amenities at this campground include showers, comfort stations, and a dump station. Each site has a concrete or asphalt pad, a picnic table, and fire ring. The launch ramp is nearby if you are eager to get on the water. You can also easily stock up on supplies at the camp store. You'll be close to the trails and playground area. Quite hours are from 10:00 p.m until 7:00 a.m. You can stay a maximum of 14 days during a 30 day period. There is also a two night requirement on weekends, with holiday weekends requiring a three night minimum stay. If you staying with a large party you can stay at one of the 10 group campsites. If you're looking for something a bit more unique you can rent the yurt at the park. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.

First-come first-served

Walk-In Sites

If you arrive at East Harbor State Park as a walk-in without a reservation, there is availability at sites B1-B40 and A1-A12, with water available at check-in.

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Seasonal activities in East Harbor State Park

In-Season

Boating

East Harbor State Park, with its location on Lake Erie, offers unlimited opportunities with boats that have horsepower. While the marina offers seasonal and day use rentals of the dock, fuel, boat supplies, and a restaurant, there is year-round storage for boats and campers. A fee marina offers one ramp and a no-fee marina, located at the campground, offers two ramps for your watercraft so that you are able to explore East Harbor and view the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Biking

East Harbor State Park is an excellent place to bring your bike and head out onto a Lake trail. Park your RV and cycle Middle Harbor Trail, a nearly one-mile trail that is an amazing bike trail that takes you along Middle Harbor and to the Bird Watch Platforms should you want to take a break and do some bird watching. Another wonderful biking trail is the Wetlands Trail, where you can cruise along the East Harbor and take in the water views.

Hiking

Ensure you pack a good pair of hiking boots in your RV since there are 11 hiking trails to pick from at East Harbor State Park that range from easy to moderate. Should you want an easy hike or stroll, pick the Rock Garden Loop Trail. This is a half-mile loop that takes you along Middle Harbor and highlights the beautiful area. If a more difficult hike is what you crave, head out on the South Beach Trail, a two and a half mile trail that will take you along East Harbor and over to Lake Erie where you will be able to experience the different vegetation both areas have to offer.

Off-Season

Touring the Visitor Center

Should you be aching to learn more about the history of the park, park your RV at the Visitor Center and look at some of the exhibits housed there. There are displays you are able to stroll through at the Visitor Center that will highlight the Ottawa and Wyandot Tribes that lived where the park is today. Asking the park rangers questions you may have about the park is also an option.

Visiting the Nature Center

East Harbor State Park features a Nature Center just waiting to be explored during your RV road trip. You will be able to enjoy hands-on experiences with the natural world. Explore the abundant amount of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other species that call the park home. The close-up experiences are sure to leave you wanting more.

Bird Watching

East Harbor State Park is home to egrets, great blue herons, shorebirds and black-crowned night herons, so you will definitely want to have those binoculars in your RV. These birds are easily spotted at Middle Harbor, which is a birding hotspot. Other hotspots for birding include the waterways all around the park. Don't forget to hike the Middle Harbor Extension, which is an extra half mile of the Middle Harbor Trail that takes you along Middle Harbor so that you may see the birds that make their home here.

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