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East Harbor State Park
Lake Erie
Lake Erie with split breakwall
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Location Ottawa County, Ohio, United States
Area 1,831 acres (741 ha)
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Established 1947
Administered by Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Designation Ohio state park
Website East Harbor State Park

East Harbor State Park is a public recreation area located eight miles (13 km) northwest of Sandusky, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. The state park includes beach, campground, marina, and wetland wildlife preserve areas. The park offers swimming, boating and fishing, ten miles (16 km) of multi-use trails, picnicking, hunting, and disc golf.


A thin stretch of sand beach juts northward into the waters of Lake Erie, separating Middle Harbor from the lake. Part of this beach was damaged in 1972 by a storm washing away a large section of the two-mile (3 km) beach. The current beach is a much smaller area to the north of the park, where swimming is permitted. Four segmented offshore breakwaters have been constructed on the northern section of beach, to sustain what is left of the sandy shoreline.

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