eBird Bar Charts by Season
Birding at Springfield Lake can be spectacular, especially during spring and fall migration. On the north side of the lake, access is available all along Canfield Road, which parallels US-224 and follows the shoreline. There are a number of places to park along this road. On the south side of the lake, access is from Lake Road, which becomes Lakeside Drive. There is a large parking lot at the boat ramp and a smaller parking lot at Lakemore Recreation Park.
Birds of Interest
Most species of migrating waterfowl, including Common Loon and occasional Red-Throated Loon, Red-Necked Grebe, and Tundra Swan; in addition, some of the less common gulls (Glaucous, Iceland, both Black-Backed, and even Kelp in 2015/2016) can be found occasionally near sunrise and sunset in winter.
About Springfield Lake
Springfield Lake is located in southeastern Summit County and is immediately south of US-224, 1 mile east of OH-241, and .25 mile west of OH-91. The entire lake is surrounded by Springfield Township and the village of Lakemore.
Springfield Lake is one of the few natural lakes found in Ohio. The lake, which is fed by an underground spring, is known as a “kettle hole” lake, which is representative of the melted remnants of a glacier left from the last ice age. This 290-acre lake has a maximum depth of 27 feet. Motorized boats are allowed, with motors up to 250-horsepower allowed from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and 10-horsepower-motors allowed at all other times. The fish populations in Springfield Lake are managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Restroom on site, portable toilet in season, and there are many gas stations and restaurants nearby.