Before calling it quits from our overnight family camping trip, we stopped by one of Lake Erie’s beaches, Huntington Beach. Not to be confused with the salt waters of Huntington Beach in California, Lake Erie is all fresh water. We’re used to the clean fresh water beaches on Lake Michigan, so we let our kids enjoy some fun in the sun.
We brought out our camping stoves and cooked the rest of our Korean BBQ meat and rice with panchan (Korean side dishes). In no time, most of our camping food was finally gone.
We headed down the long wooden stairway ready to partake of some cooler air that we couldn’t find in the still humid heat in Cuyahoga Valley.
Don’t be fooled by the fresh lake waters or the happy Ohioans enjoying some beach weather fun. Huntington Beach is one of the few beaches in Ohio that is considered “clean” enough to wade.
With all these pebbles, it’s not pleasant to walk until you’re about three feet deep in the water. It reminded me a lot of Aphrodite’s Rock in Cyprus, although there were no mythical legends of swimming around a massive rock feature in the Mediterranean to give you back your youth.
(Photo Above: Rocky beach at Huntington Beach on Lake Erie in Ohio)
(Photo Above: Aphrodite’s Rock in Cyprus, taken in 2013)
No matter. Piano Man and Linus ran back and forth to make sand castles.
There are some stark differences between Lake Erie and Lake Michigan’s beaches. Lake Erie’s water supply is not always conducive to swimming or wading because of elevated bacteria levels. In fact, a recent article on Cleveland.com sent an advisory warning to stay out of Huntington, Edgewater, and Villa Angela’s beaches along Lake Erie. It made sense because my white rash guard and Piano Man’s white swim trunks turned to a dingy brown when we left the lake. It took several washes to get rid of those stains.
I think that was our first and last visit to Huntington Beach in Ohio. Cleveland may have so much going on for the city and its surroundings, but beach going is not one of them.
Six Styles of Camping
TRAVEL: Our First Family Camping Trip at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
TRAVEL: Grand Haven Beach
TRAVEL: Turtle Beach in Cyprus
TRAVEL: Golden Beach in Cyprus
TRAVEL: Crete’s Beautiful Beaches
TRAVEL: Aphrodite’s Rock and Beaches in Paphos, Cyprus
From my hometown to yours,