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“Hidden Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of East Harbor State Park

East Harbor State Park
1169 North Buck Road, OH 43440
419-734-4424
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“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Love it! Will definately return! Wish we had spent our whole vacation here. We had a really nice full service pull through campsite. Very Clean, lots of space. We loved fishing off the shore, hiking, biking, and swimming at the beach. I even found some sea glass. There is a naturalist on duty a couple of days a week. She spent time showing us her animal, and bug collections, very knowledge. Don't miss this place!

Visited August 2013
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Toledo, Ohio
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“Great location, nice campground, nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We've camped here several times over the years---starting in a tent and now using a 30 ft. travel trailer.

It's been a few years since my last visit, but since it was a last-minute thing, our site really wasn't as big as we would have liked, especially w/a large tow vehicle. Also, the people right behind us backed up further than they should have, leaving us with less room. Just the way it goes sometimes....

Anyhow, this is situated on Lake Erie. If you plan on swimming, I will suggest you drive or take your bikes down to the swimming beach as it is a LONG way from the camping area.

The swimming beach is nice with white sand. You will be in shallow water for quite a while before it gets deep---makes it ideal for young kids.

I remember the bathrooms/showers being pretty decent any time I went there.

This place is big, and it gets pretty busy. But...it's really close to many attractions/restaurants in the area, and it's a nice place to camp.

Visited August 2012
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Newark, Ohio
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“High recommend camping here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We've camped at East Harbor State Park three years in a row now and highly recommend this park and campground. We've stayed in their camper cabins twice and this year one of the rental rv's (which we heard may be discontinued next year?). Campground bathroom and shower houses are some of the cleanest we've seen in all the state parks. Campers seem pretty mellow and courteous, lots of families. Camping sites in Area C are on the smaller side and have very little shade (many, many trees cut down recently due to the emerald ash borer). Area B has more shade and sites are larger. Campground is large, great to ride bikes around. There is a bike trail from the campground to the beach and lakeshore. Beach is large and has a nice bathroom facility with outdoor showers to rinse the sand off. There was a large, inflatable slide on the beach for the kids - $10 got you an all day pass - the kids spent hours going up and down it. Tons of mosquitos, maybe due to the unusually heavy rains earlier this summer...be sure to bring bug spray, we needed it desperately.

Visited July 2013
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Binghamton, New York
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“Crowded Parking lot”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

East Harbor State Park is a great place to stop for the day but the campground is terrible. The campsites are so close together that you feel like you're camping in a parking lot. If you're looking for any privacy, don't camp here. People walk right through your site and we even had someone dump garbage in ours! While here, it rained like crazy and our (tiny) campsite became so swamped that it was impossible to have a fire. The bathrooms were dirty and the showers were disgusting. The only good part about this state park is the beach. Other than that, save your money and go elsewhere.

Visited July 2013
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Temperance, Michigan, United States
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“Well placed, clean, quiet campground.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here while visiting Kelly's Island and South Bass Island. Location was perfect! We stayed in A102 which was very muddy with all the recent rains. Showers were clean and had plenty of hot water.

There wasn't much traffic and I felt comfortable letting my kids ride their bikes around the park. Firewood was 4.50 a bundle in the camp store, everything else was reasonably priced.

Visited June 2013
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