Lake Erie

Explore Lake Erie

Carved out by receding glaciers from the Great Ice Age, Lake Erie is the southernmost of the five Great Lakes and is the most shallow at 62 feet. It was the first to be uncovered by the glaciers.

Lake Erie is home to 15 islands in the United States' territory and is bordered o­n the mainland by New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

Presque Isle
The most popular islands for tourists are Kelleys Island the largest of the U.S. Islands and home of the largest accessible glacier grooves in the world; Johnson's Island which is home to a Civil War Cemetery; and South Bass Island. South Bass Island is the most popular island for tourists with shopping, tours, restaurants, swimming, wine tasting and more. It is also home to Perry monument which marks the peace between the U.S. And Canada following the War of 1812. The monument provides a breath-taking view of Lake Erie.

Bird-watching aficionados will appreciate the wide variety of birds which can be spotted while traveling along the 518-mile Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway.

Cast your lines for abundant walleyes, yellow perch and small mouth bass or go scuba diving o­n hundreds of known ship-wreck sites.

There are activities for everyone along the shores of Lake Erie. Tan or play o­n a beach or go swimming; have fun at an amusement park; rent a boat; take a boat, train or cave tour; visit lighthouses, zoos, or museums; tour wineries, the Underground Railroad or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; take a scenic flight; go o­n a fossil hunt; hike or bike o­n trails; or attend a festival.

A world of activities, exploration and history await you.