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Activities

A day at Chipppewa Lake is a day well spent. Whether it’s enjoying a gorgeous sunset, kayaking, bird-watching, fishing, jet skiing, or simply lounging on a pontoon boat, the options are as endless as the shimmering ripples on the lake’s surface.

 

Fishing

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, there’s something inherently calming about the rhythmic act of casting and reeling in your line. Chippewa Lake has several fish species, making it a great location to go fishing. Anglers will find bluegill sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, green sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, channel catfish, white perch (non-native), common carp (non-native), white sucker, bowfin, gizzard shad, northern pike, yellow perch, and saugeye (saugeye are stocked by ODNR).

 

Boating

Boating enthusiasts of all kinds flock to Chippewa Lake where the glistening waters beckon with opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Whether you prefer the sleek speed of a motorized boat, the leisurely glide of a pontoon, or the graceful dance of a sailboat catching the wind, there’s something for everyone. Whatever your pleasure, Chippewa Lake offers countless possibilities for unforgettable moments on the water.

The public boat launch is located at 7830 Westfield Landing Road, Medina, Ohio 44256. It is open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, free of charge. The ramp will be closed only when site conditions, such as flooding, warrant.

All vessels must be registered with the State of Ohio. Click HERE to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ website for information.

 

Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddleboards

A day on Chippewa Lake offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and appreciation for the natural world. We ask that all paddlecraft users remain in the no-wake zones around the perimeter of the lake on weekends and holidays, when the lake is busiest, to ensure safety among all lake users.

The best place to launch your vessel is the paddlecraft area located at 8108 Lake Road in Westfield Township, at the corner of Lake and Kennard roads. The launch is open from May through October each year. A wetland restoration project was completed, thanks to Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative.

In the coming years, the park district will implement Chippewa Lake Park master plan, including the construction of an accessible kayak launch at the former amusement park site.

 

Future Birding and Bridle Trail

Chippewa Lake is home to multiple species of birds, making it an excellent place for birdwatching enthusiasts. In the spring, a variety of ducks use the lake as a rest area before flying to their breeding grounds in Canada or the Western U.S. Check out the eBird website to see which species have been spotted at Chippewa Lake: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1663404. The park district plans to construct a birding and bridle trail in the near future.

 

Swimming

Medina County Park District does not have a public beach at Chippewa Lake. Public swimming is permitted from boats in the boater-swim areas only. Swimming is prohibited along shorelines and/or in the middle of the lake. Beaches on the east side of the lake are restricted to local village residents only.

Special-use Permits

If you are considering organizing a large event or special activity at Chippewa Lake, a Special-use Permit application must be submitted at least four weeks prior to an event. The permit process helps avoid potential scheduling conflicts and makes sure liability insurance is in place to protect you and the park district. 

Please click HERE to learn more about Special-use Permits.