Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail

National Scenic BywayOhio

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  • Crane at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island

    A crane surveys Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, which is part of Lake Erie.

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  • Lake Erie Coastline

    Picnic tables wait on the deserted beach for visitors to enjoy the sunshine on the Lake Erie Islands.

  • Lake Erie Islands

    Small groups of islands stretch into the horizon in Lake Erie.

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  • Lakeside Daisy

    Daisies brighten a field on a summer's day. Marblehead Peninsula is home to the only naturally growing population of Lakeside Daisies in the US and one of only four known places worldwide.

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  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

    The Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, overlooks the Sandusky Bay on a bright summer's day.

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  • <cite>William G. Mather</cite> Museum Ship in Cleveland

    The William G. Mather docks peacefully as a museum now that it has been retired from its WWII duties.

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  • Great Lakes Marine Museum and Coast Guard Memorial Museum Pilot House

    The fresh paint gleams on a bright summer's day at the Great Lakes Marine Museum and Coast Guard Memorial Museum Pilot House.

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  • Glacial Grooves at Kelleys Island

    The glacier that moved here 12,000 years ago dragged the rocks across the land, gouging, leveling, and scarring surfaces along the way. The Kelleys Island Glacial Grooves are perhaps the best example of glacial carving in the world.

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  • Fort Meigs State Memorial

    Dressed in clothing of the period, these guides at the Fort Meigs State Memorial prepare to give a tour of the facility on a clear day in the summer.

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  • Birdwatching at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

    Tourists stop to view the birds along the coastline of Ohio. With its diversity of habitat, the Byway offers opportunities to see approximately 350 species.

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  • Lake Erie Fun

    A fish in the hand is worth one in the ...ear? Two boys hold up their catch of the day on the dock near Marblehead Lighthouse. Lake Erie provides plenty of fun for all ages to try their luck at fishing for yellow perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass.

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  • Marblehead Lighthouse

    Pointing skyward on a sunny, blue-sky day, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

  • Driftwood on Lake Erie Beach

    A large piece of driftwood rests at tide's edge on the shore of Lake Erie.

  • Perry Victory & International Peace Memorial

    Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial stands as a tribute to international peace as it overlooks Lake Erie on a bright summer's day.

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  • Vermilion Lighthouse

    This red and white replica of the original Vermilion Lighthouse looks out over the lake on a summer's day.

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  • James A. Garfield Library at Lawnfield

    Light streams in from the windows of this elaborately furnished room in the James A. Garfield Library.

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  • Inland Seas Maritime Museum

    Exhibits at the Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion trace the history of shipping and sailing on the Great Lakes. This exhibit of a model ship has the attention of a curious young boy.

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  • Sailboat on Lake Erie

    The sky and water blend together as a sailboat glides along tranquil Lake Erie.

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  • Cleveland Museum of Art

    A couple discusses a Monet painting, one of the many fine features of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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  • Young Visitor at Natural History Museum

    A young visitor sits on top of a full-sized dinosaur replica at the Natural History Museum.

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  • Puerto Rican Festival

    Performers steady themselves on stilts at the Puerto Rican Festival.

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  • Boaters Enjoying Lake Erie

    Two boaters enjoy the sun while on the open water of Lake Erie.

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  • Vineyard along the Lake Erie Coastal Trail

    Two generations of grape growers take a stroll through some of the lush, green vineyards of the Lake Erie area.

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  • Crane looks over Lake Erie

    A stoic crane quietly overlooks Lake Erie.

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  • Visitor Center at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

    A group of ducks glide in front of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

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  • Baltimore Oriole on a Branch

    A bright yellow Baltimore Oriole with a sleek black head perches on a branch.

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  • Brown Warbler Surveys the Sky

    The Brown Warbler, common to the Lake Erie region, presents its side profile for the camera.

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  • Black Swallowtail with the Penta Flower

    The distinct Black Swallowtail butterfly flutters above the colorful Penta flower.

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  • A Birder at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

    At the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, an experienced birder focuses closely on the local bird life.

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  • Birders at Magee Trail

    A group of bird watchers enjoy the viewing experience on the viewing towers at the Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Birder on Viewing Tower at Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge

    While enjoying the all-around scenery, a bird watcher looks for life on the viewing tower at the Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Hawk in Action

    A hawk displays its impressive wingspan while scouring for prey along Lake Erie.

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  • Long-billed Dowitchers Look for Food

    A pair of Long-billed Dowitchers scour the marshes of the Maggee Trail National Wildlife Refuge for insects.

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  • Kelleys Island

    A visitor inspects the glacial grooves left in the granite at Kelleys Island, near Lake Erie.

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  • Flock of Birds on Lake Erie

    A silhouetted flock of birds flies across the setting sun on Lake Erie.

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