Have the family experience the great outdoors through a “rustic” tent camping experience for small groups of up to eight people. Each Lake Metroparks camping location is different, and there is only one campsite per park to provide a quiet, intimate natural experience — much different than crowded campgrounds.
Campsites all have a designated area to pitch a tent, a place to build a fire, a grill and a picnic table. Campers are “on their own” and should be prepared to take care of themselves and the environment. The sites are set back from the developed areas of the parks from about 1/4-mile to more than a mile. Campers must hike or paddle to the campsites. The paddle-in sites may require a 3- to 8-mile paddle by canoe or kayak to reach the campsite.
Reservations can be made for campsites at Baker Road Park, Blair Ridge Park, Hidden Lake, Lake Erie Bluffs, Lakeshore Reservation, River Road Park, Riverview Park and Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Campsites are available from May 2 until Nov. 30 each year and are subject to temporary closure due to high water or extremely wet conditions. The campsite at River Road is open through Labor Day and the one at Girdled Road Reservation is available year-round.
Sites are $10 per night for Lake County residents; $20 per night for out-of-county visitors. When registering, campers must sign and agree to the terms of the Lake Metroparks Tent Rules and Regulations.
To reserve tent campsites online, go to lakemetroparks.com/tentcamping. To reserve by phone, call 440-358-7275 or 800-669-9226 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Organized group camping sites (for scouts and youth groups) are available year-round; call 440-358-7275 for information.