Arcola Creek Park in Madison offers 153 acres to explore. Enjoy a lunch, dinner, or a snack in the picnic area. Enjoy the view from the observation deck. Walk down to the shore of Lake Erie. Fishing with a state license permitted.
This wooded parcel along the shore of Lake Erie in Perry Township provides public access to a beautiful stretch of natural beach. A .57 hiking trail is located there as well as a chance to catch a bird's eye view of the ever-changing lake.
The odd name for this site stems from the difficulty in accessing the steep-sided 100-foot deep gorge carved by Paine Creek. Lake Metroparks—the site's owner—has built a 262-step wooden staircase to the bottom of the chasm, for those wishing to really explore this site.
Arcola Creek Park is a place where the fresh waters of the creek mix with the waves of Lake Erie. It is one of the last remaining natural estuaries in Ohio. Steelhead trout spawn and migratory birds find shelter here. The Nature Conservancy, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Friends of Arcola Creek (a Lake County preservation group) have all been instrumental in the preservation of the natural refuge.