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East Harbor State Park Weekly Nature Programs
Many activities are presented for the enjoyment of the general public and the campers here at East Harbor. During the summer season there will be several programs each week by our Naturalist. Our Nature center is open for anyone who wishes to visit, and everyone is invited to take part in the programs and nature hikes.

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 For more information on any of these events, please call the phone number indicated for details.


Call the Park for Details at 419-734-4424 x 2


MARBLEHEAD LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: May 27 thru August 29, 2014, Monday thru Friday Noon to 4pm, the second Saturday of each month June thru October from 11am to 4pm, and Sundays June 1 thru August 24, 2014 from 4 to 6pm.

APRIL 2014 

EASTER EGG HUNTEast Harbor (NW) –April 19, 2014 The Friends of East Harbor State Park are sponsoring their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, at 2PM in front of the Camp Store. Bring your kids and grandkids and be part of a fun family-oriented activity. Get a jump on Spring and also consider camping! In the event of inclement weather, the egg-hunt will be held at Lockwood Shelter House.

FAMILY FISHING DAYEast Harbor (NW) April 26, 2014 – In celebration of Earth Day we invite families to bring their children to the pond by the Lockwood Shelter House for the opportunity to catch some trout released by The Ohio Division of Wildlife. Kids only will be allowed to fish from 10am to 2pm. Adults can fish the pond after 2PM.  

MAY 2014

 MEMORIAL WEEKEND ARRIVES!East Harbor (NW) – May 23 & May 24, 2014 –Join us for the official beginning of the summer season!  We will have “Classic Trenz” a 2-piece vocal duo singing some up-beat hits live on Friday night. Come early and come hungry! Pizza, hand-dipped ice cream, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale at the Camp Store.  There will be a DJ Dance on Saturday night & other fun weekend activities as well!

JUNE 2014 

5K/RUN/WALK IN THE PARK- East Harbor (NW) – June 7, 2014 This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of East Harbor State Park in conjunction with the Firelands Area Runners. Applications and information at

“RACE” WEEKEND- East Harbor (NW) – June 13-15, 2014 Bring your Dads and Grandpas out for a weekend of racing activities. Decorate your campsite for your favorite Nascar Team.  Bring your tricycles for a tricycle race for adults and children!  Tons of fun racing activities!  If you don’t like Nascar, that’s ok. There will be lots of things to do! 

THE HARBOR IS HOPPIN’- East Harbor (NW) June 27, 2014 Live music from “The Swingsters” reminiscent of The Glenn Miller Orchestra or Tommy Dorsey. This group will consist of vocalists and a full contingent of horns. Put your dancing shoes on for this group!  Food and beverages available for purchase.

JULY 2014

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION- East Harbor (NW) - July 4 and 5, 2014 Time to hit the beach!  Summer is here!!  Friday night enjoy the live music of Alan Siebert “The Music Man”. Bring your dancing shoes!   DJ dance Saturday night. Other fun summer activities for all to enjoy!

CHRISTMAS IN JULYEast Harbor (NW) - July 25 & 26, 2014 take a walk through a Christmas Wonderland, participate in campsite decorating contest, enjoy a visit from Santa and the Grinch & more.


AUGUST 2014  

THE HARBOR IS HOPPIN’ AGAIN! – East Harbor (NW) – August 1, 2014 Enjoy the variety of music styles including oldies, country, patriotic and gospel of Joe and Nancy Young of “Young Love Ministries.”

10th ANNUAL CONSERVATION DAY!!East Harbor (NW) August 9, 2014We are going to do it up big this year! Live critters, bugs and people who can tell you all about them. Fun crafts, face painting, hands-on activities. Lots to see and do for families at this fun enviro-friendly event!!

WESTERN THEMED -LABOR DAY WEEKENDEast Harbor (NW) August 29 & 30, 2014 This Labor Day we will have a western-themed weekend. Lots of fun activities! Call for details. Enjoy the music of the Ottawa County Blue Grass Band on Friday night. This band will have a fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, mandolin and 5 string banjo.  DJ Dance Saturday night.  Fun for all!



ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT #1 East Harbor (NW)  October 3 & 4 2014 – This Halloween event is so popular we have to have it 2 weeks in a row! This is a phenomenal event with tons to do for kids and families. Games, activities, give-aways, bonfires, hay rides, trick or treating and much more! 

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT #2East Harbor (NW)  October 10 & 11, 2014 – A duplicate of weekend 1, this is an awesome event with tons to do for kids and families. Games, activities, give-aways, bonfires, hay rides, trick or treating and much more! 


Winter Recreation

East Harbor State Park offers Snowmobiling, Sledding, Ice Skating on Lake Erie, Ice Fishing, Ice Boating, and Cross-Country Skiing during appropriate weather conditions.

Disc Golf

Looking for a HEALTHY, FREE, OUTDOOR FAMILY Activity??!! Have you tried our DISC GOLF Course??

Located near East Harbor's Lockwood Shelter House, you will find a  Disc Golf course just waiting for you to enjoy! Here's how it works: A typical disc golf course has 18 holes, thus 18 disc golf targets are used. The person throwing the disc starts at a designated area (tee-pad) on each hole. The object of the game is to throw the disc in the basket in the least number of throws. As in real golf, whoever ends up with the lowest score wins the round. This is a fun activity which combines recreation with nature! 


Lake Erie offers unlimited horsepower boating opportunities. The park's marina provides seasonal and day-use dock rentals, fuel, launch ramp, supplies and restaurant which serves breakfast on the weekends only. Boats and campers can be stored year-round at the marina in a fenced enclosure.

Fishing and Hunting

Lake Erie, the walleye capital of the world, provides anglers great catches of yellow perch, channel catfish, smallmouth and white bass in addition to walleye. Both East Harbor and West Harbor are excellent for bluegill, crappie and carp. Hunting for waterfowl is permitted on the eastern side of the offshore islands. Five duck blinds in the park are awarded through a lottery drawing held on the third Saturday in August. Contact the park office for details. A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required.



East Harbor's 10-mile trail system leads through the many different habitats within the park. The Middle Harbor Trail skirts the southern edge of the Middle Harbor game sanctuary and includes a stop at a bird observation blind. The short Blackberry Trail near the camp check-in station invites campers to enjoy a pleasant evening stroll. Other foot trails near the swimming beach offer the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of a beach community.

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Thousands of visitors come to East Harbor's 1,500-foot sand beach.
Vending machines are available at the beach. Pets are not permitted on the beach. Lifeguards are typically present weekends only. Our new beach bathhouse is open and ready for business complete with flush toilets, showers and changing areas!! The large inflatable beach slide will be back again this season 2014!!





Picnic areas with fantastic views of the lake and marshlands are equipped with tables and grills. Three spacious shelter houses may be rented by the public. Contact the park office for details. There are many areas throughout the park which are non-fee, non-reservable picnic areas which are available on a first come first served basis.