Ohio's Gateway


In 1796, Moses Cleaveland set up camp with his team at the mouth of the Conneaut River to begin surveying lands for the Connecticut Western Reserve.  A historical marker can be found near the Pennsylvania line on East Main Street (route 20).  Within a few decades, Conneaut's port was bustling with activity and the town was known for building some of the best ships on the Great Lakes.  

Today, the waterfront continues to be a draw.  Conneaut Township Park boasts the largest beach in the county and is home to a retro-modern lighthouse.  It is one of the few places in the country where visitors can drive their vehicle out onto the beach.  Because of migration patterns and the unique mudflats created by the break wall, Conneaut finds itself a stopping point for many rare bird species.  The deep water port continues to bustle as it did over 200 years ago with commercial and recreational boats, alike.  

Conneaut is Ohio's most northeast corner and is the entrance for those travelling the Route 90 corridor from Buffalo and Erie.  Visitors come from near and far for a quiet, Northshore escape.  Conneaut Creek is considered the #1 location in the world for steelhead fishing.  Each year in August, this sleepy little town transforms and hosts the second-largest D-Day reenactment in the world.  This living history event is free and is made memorable by over 3,000 reenactors who are in character all weekend.  




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        Evergreen Lake Park

        Family camping at its finest with planned activities, swimming, fishing, dog park, snack bar, RV parts/service and propane.

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        703 Center Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030
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        Heavenly Creamery

        Homemade from scratch ice-cream and sorbet.  24 Flavors served in a Century Old Church.  Voted "Best Ice-Cream in the Lake Erie Region 2016" by readers of Lake Erie Living Magazine.

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        264 Sandusky St Conneaut, OH 44030
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      • Lakefront Motel

        Lakefront Motel

        8 unit motel situated on a bluff overlooking Conneaut Harbor on Lake Erie. In walking distance to the public beach (no sharks, no alligators), boat launches and restaurants. Basic lodging but very clean, quiet, and quaint. #1 location!

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        298 Park Ave. Conneaut, OH 44030
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        Markko Vineyard

        The wines are produced from vinifera grapes grown at the vineyard in the classic estate tradition. Each vintage reflects the unique character of the growing season, and the soil of Lake Erie's south ridge. Located 3 miles west of SR 7 and 3 miles east of SR 193.

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        4500 South Ridge Road W. Conneaut, OH 44030
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        New Leaf Event Center

        Our facility stresses the importance of events of all kinds.  We do weddings, corporate, private, sporting, expos, and much more!  We are a flex facility that can transform into the event you need!

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        110 Gateway Avenue Conneaut, OH 44030
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