Cabins on the Beach of Lake Erie in Ohio

Enjoy Lake Erie sunrises from waterfront cabins.
Enjoy Lake Erie sunrises from waterfront cabins. (Image: Mshake/iStock/Getty Images)

Cabins along Lake Erie's shores link you to some of Ohio's leading recreation activities year-round. As the "Walleye Capital of the World," Lake Erie cabins provide a base camp for anglers, in particular. Waterfront cabins provide havens on Catawba Island and Erie's six other major isles.

Catawba Island Retreat

Go island hopping, hook a perch or walleye, swim or just take in Lake Erie views from Rock Ledge Inn Cottages on western Catawba Island. The lake shore is just steps from Rock Ledge's five furnished one- and two-bedroom cabins with bathrooms. Each unit sleeps five to six people and is available year-round. Stay connected with Wi-Fi and cable television. Cozy up by the fireplace on cool evenings, or watch the sun disappear into Lake Erie from the cottage deck or screened porch. Rock Ledge makes a good base camp for participating in the annual Biggest Week in American Birding at nearby Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, co-host of the 10-day May event celebrating migratory birds.

Rustic Comfort at Marblehead

Kaspar's Lake Breeze Cabins sit along Marblehead Peninsula, sandwiched between Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay. The cluster of five two-bedroom log cabins creates a rustic feel with knotty pine interiors and casual furnishings. Creature comforts include a kitchenette, bath, air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi, picnic tables, a fish cleaning station and grill. From cabin doors, it's a stone's throw to the Lake Erie shore, a small private beach, boat launch and fish cleaning station. Anglers cast for perch, walleye and bass to throw on the grill or to store in the facility's freezer for later. Cabins rent on a weekly basis throughout the summer, and nightly during spring and fall. Visits to nearby Marblehead Lighthouse State Park shine light on Great Lakes maritime history. A climb to the top of the landmark lighthouse rewards you with an expansive lake view and beautiful photo opportunity.

Active Family Base Near Cedar Point

Pack light when you stay at the family-friendly Walk-in-the-Water Cottages at Vermilion. The one- and two-bedroom cottages sleep from two to eight people. Hosts provide everything but food and beach towels for sunning along the 195-foot beach or the heated outdoor pool. Amenities also include air conditioning and heat, baths, microwaves or kitchenettes, grills and a play area to keep little tykes happy. Enjoy Lake Erie views from the cottage backyard. Family thrills are just 15 miles away at the "roller-coaster capital of the world," Cedar Point amusement park.

Geneva State Park Cabins

Geneva State Park's 12 deluxe waterfront cedar cabins connect you to recreation opportunities across the park's 698 acres. The light and airy cabins accommodate four adults or a family of six. Cabins have one bedroom, a loft area and bathrooms with showers. A full kitchen, living area, heat and air conditioning, cable television and screened porch and deck make the living easy. Sun, swim or stroll along 300 feet of sandy Lake Erie shoreline. A boat launch, and seasonal and transient docks are available to boaters, while charter fishing operations at the designated small harbor welcome novice and experienced anglers. Land-lubbers enjoy 8 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling thrills.

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