Summer at the Lake: Things to do on Lake Erie

By: Elizabeth Gourd

January 17, 2014

Woman Kayaking at Sunset on Lake Ontario

As the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes in North America, Lake Erie is impressive. Wrapping around from New York to Pennsylvania, Ohio to Michigan, and Southern Ontario, there’s almost no end to the incredible number of things to do on Lake Erie and around its limitless shores. From hiking to fishing, camping to kayaking, the question isn’t why should you spend the summer on Lake Erie, but why shouldn’t you?


Lake Erie State Park


Lake Erie Cliffs | Things to Do on Lake Erie

Dramatic views of the Lake Erie cliffs © Paul Lemke


Lake Erie State Park is recognised as one of the best the southern shores have to offer.

For camping in the great outdoors, there are prime lakeside sites set on high bluffs with dramatic views overlooking Lake Erie. For the less outdoorsy there are always cabins, which are small and fairly basic with a maximum occupancy of four. Activities include boating, swimming and hiking along the gorgeous shoreline trails – as well as excellent fishing, with rainbow trout, brown trout, small mouth bass, yellow perch and carp all on offer.


Water, water, everywhere


Man Fishing on a Canoe | Things to Do on Lake Erie

Go fishing in the great outdoors © Jupiterimages


You don’t necessarily have to travel as far as Lake Erie State Park for great fishing; there are some great places closer to Buffalo suitable for a day trip. Sturgeon Point Marina in Derby, NY, is a particular favourite among fishing aficionados, from where specialist charter boat services Braun’s Outdoors and Gr8 Lakes Fishing Adventures operate.

Boats in a Marina | Things to Do on Lake Erie

Aerial view of boats in a marina © Jupiter Images


Similarly, great water sports are available all around the shores of Lake Erie, including in Buffalo harbour itself. Sail Buffalo Sailing School and Sailing Club offers nationally accredited sailing education (ASA), while Blue Water Safaris is pioneering new trends in SUP, with yoga and pilates sessions on the water for those who have mastered the standing part.


Bennett Beach


Field Flowers | Things to Do on Lake Erie

Field flowers by Lake Erie © goldyrocks


Bennett Beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Erie County, and we’re pretty sure you won’t disagree. The long, uninterrupted stretches of golden sand provide a background to an oasis of flora and fauna, there’s no place better to relax and unwind. Try windsurfing, fishing, and boating on Bennett Beach – and don’t miss the spectacular sunsets, ranked as some of the best on the Great Lakes.


Lake Erie Wine Country


Grapes in Vineyard | Things to Do on Lake Erie

Sample a draught of Lake Erie Wine Country’s best vintage © Sherri Camp


It isn’t all water sports and hiking along the southern shores of Lake Erie, however; one of the premier destinations is Lake Erie Wine Country, which stretches down from Silver Creek, NY, to Harborcreek, PA. Home to more than 24 commercial and estate wineries, you can visit them all on the Lake Erie Wine Trail lodging and dining in excellence along the way.


Header photo: Kayaking at sunset provides a great way to relax & unwind © Gord Horne


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Are you going to spend the summer on Lake Erie? Let us know what activities you have planned, and share your thoughts and comments with us below.


Written by Elizabeth Gourd


Elizabeth Gourd

Elizabeth Gourd suffers from an acute case of the wanderlust, which no amount of travelling or adventure can cure. She has lived in London, New York, and Berlin; experimented with nomadism in North America, and climbed to the freezing heights of Kilimanjaro on a whim. Future travel plans include getting lost in South Africa, keeping a menagerie in Europe, and finding herself in India before she is old.

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