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Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing

Lorain, Ohio 44052
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing (Coastal Access) webpage

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Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Coordinates: 41.4759174, -82.1756744
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Photos by Vic Fazio

Tips for birding Lorain Harbor
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
From Lake Erie Birding Trail website

About Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
The nearly 15-acre Lakeside Landing includes a small beach, a large pier, a scenic picnic overlook and a boat launch along 0.32 miles of shore north of Lakeside Avenue and just east of the Black River. From US-6, the site’s main parking lot is north of the Colorado Avenue intersection.

A small Lake Erie tributary crosses the east end of the site’s 200-foot, non-swimming beach. The beach is comprised of large-grain sand and extends northeast to a stone revetment. The structure is near the south end of the 58-acre, D-shaped confined disposal facility (CDF) maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Birders call this the Lorain Impoundment. In 2010, 5.26 acres of the CDF were transferred to the Lorain Port Authority to become part of the Lakeside Landing access.

The Landing’s large parking areas are south of the CDF. A .46–mile handicap-accessible concrete-paved pathway and wooden boardwalk extend the length of the CDF’s west side out into Lake Erie. The pier allows for views of the Lorain Lighthouse. Fishing is permitted from the boardwalk and an 800-foot pier which extends east of the main boardwalk and north of the private marina docks. The docks are accessed via gates form the public boardwalk.

The Lorain Port Authority’s Eastside Boat Launch is at the Landing’s west side. A launch fee is charged. Two picnic pavilions and a privately owned restaurant are on site. Lakeside Landing is adjacent to the east of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Lorain and the Lorain Port Authority’s Riverside Park which has playground equipment.
From Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing (Coastal Access) webpage

Restrooms at Boat Ramp (during boating season) and Black River Landing (portable toilets).

Handicap accessible concrete paved pathway and wooden boardwalk

Lorain Impoundment Trail
Map by Ken Ostermiller