Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve

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Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve

Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It's a natural destination! Escape to the tranquility of nature and explore the beauty of an unspoiled beach and miles of hiking and water trails. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, just 30 minutes east of Cleveland, you'll find 450 acres of green space with 1-1/2 miles of shoreline with rare dune plants, a riverine marsh and mature oak bluff. Over 150 species of birds have been recorded, making this a top birding location. Electric carts are available on a first come basis for the handicapped. Call 440-205-3625 in advance to reserve.
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gwen h
cincinnati241 contributions
Dec 2020
This was our first time visiting. Not much bird activity for photography. I plan to return in the spring. Beautiful spot for photography. Nice trails. Lot of people walking their dogs. we did the same.
Written December 23, 2020
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Bob
Chardon, OH1,570 contributions
Oct 2020
I went to The Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve on a very sunny and warm, late October, Friday morning. I had been here before to rent a kayak, but never walked the trails. My goal was to hike at least 3 miles and check out how good the birding is. This is a very birdy place and a great walk; I will be back during migration season…although I saw some good stuff on this walk.

My plan was to walk all the trails kind of looping them together in one walk. It turns out that the Woods Trail no longer connects to the Marina View trail due to erosion so I had to do a large backtrack to near the parking lot to the walk the Marina view trail…and then backtrack again. This resulted in about a 5-mile hike for all the trails. All the trails were well marked.

At the parking lot the is a short trail that is not on the trail map called the Prairie Trail. It leads to a fake chimney in the middle of the field…presumably to attract Chimney Swifts. It loops back to the main overlook Trail. Shortly after that is the Marsh Overlook trail. It follows the edge of the marsh and is a great walk but head the sign at the trailhead that the path may be impassible if there had been rain recently. I was ¾ of a mile in and came to standing water all around the trail. Had to talk through 4-6 inches of water for 100 yards to continue the hike. It is also for humans only…no horses or pets. Even though it is rustic…I applaud them for having a trail like this…can’t wait to bird it in the spring.

The Overlook Trail is very wide and made of crushed stone. Tons of walkers. Joggers, and bikers. There are multiple sets of stairs to go down and access the beach. You can walk further into the State-owned land and add a few more miles to your hike. This is a great little community, and I would recommend it.
Written October 24, 2020
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JWu777
Mentor, OH8 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Nice place to get out and get some fresh air!
Beautiful scenery, wild life, etc.
I enjoy walking back here either with my family or a friend. There are lots of couples too and one was taking nice photos on the beach together - very cute!
Written June 4, 2019
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Terry M
Cleveland, OH9 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Mentor Lagoons has several walk/bike paths, some of which wind through the woods and Mentor Marsh, as well as a path that goes along the Lake Erie shoreline. There are also paths that have access to the beach to catch some sun or look for beach glass / pretty rocks and stones. It's a a rustic atmosphere, which is fine for me. It's one of my favorites in the Lake County park system. Note that there are porta-potties, but no real restrooms.
Written May 7, 2019
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Steven L
Richmond, KY320 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
this is a great place to walk around and gather your thoughts and relax whilst getting fit at the same time
Written April 22, 2019
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cainman59
Mentor, OH3 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
A lovely place to take a stroll in summer ! Quiet and peaceful path that leads to the shore's of Lake Erie !!
Written November 6, 2018
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Cinti_Erin
Cincinnati, OH77 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
What a phenomenally beautiful park! Autumn in all its glory and also saw juncos, redpolls, Bonaparte gulls, Carolina wren, blue jays, and Canada geese.
Written October 30, 2018
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alkpoet
Cleveland, OH10 contributions
Oct 2017
There are walking trails, lovely views of Lake Erie and a very short but wonderful area to kayak. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a leisurely paddle. You can even get out to the Lake thru the marina.
Written September 5, 2018
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Truckie351
477 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
While visiting relatives in the area we decided to check out the nature preserve adjacent to the Mentor Marina. There are miles of well maintained walking trails, two sets of steps that lead to a beautiful rocky beach and a marsh that is very good for birders. As others have mentioned it is a very nice place to watch the sunset over Lake Erie. Both days we visited we saw less than a dozen people; which is amazing considering it was Labor Day weekend.
Written September 3, 2018
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ccankh
Mentor, OH17 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I love going here. Walking the trails are so relaxing and the rocky beach is amazing! There usually isn’t a whole lot of people either.
Written August 27, 2018
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