Picnicking & Shelters


Shelters

Picnicking is allowed at all of our open parks in designated areas! Several of our parks offer large picnic shelters, but all parks have a patch of grass suitable for throwing down a blanket and having lunch. Some have random picnic tables throughout that are suitable for a small impromptu picnic. These are available on a first come first serve basis.

In order to ensure a shelter for your family reunion, summer picnic, or just a time to get together with friends, you must reserve the shelter. Rental fee is $30 per time period. The time periods are: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. to close (Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation time slots are 8am to Noon, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, and 5pm to close). You may rent a shelter for one, two, or all three time periods, depending on your needs and what is available. Shelter fees are not refundable.

Reservations for shelters the following year begin on November 1 of each year. Summer weekends are reserved quickly, so please call early. A copy of the permit is posted on the shelter being rented. If a permit has not been issued, shelter use is on a first come, first serve basis.

The shelters in the Lorain County Metro Parks are roofed, open-sided structures with concrete floors and picnic tables. Enclosed shelters are located at Carlisle Equestrian Center and Vermilion River Reservation. Shelters are numbered.

Grills are located adjacent to the shelters. You must provide your own charcoal. It is against Park District rules to gather wood from the park to use in the grills. Park District rules apply to the shelters including: No alcoholic beverages; fires may only be built in a grill; no liquid fuels; no loud, amplified music, etc. A permit is issued for shelter rentals.

If a group is planning to have their event catered, special arrangements might have to be made for a set-up location and use of grills and other facilities. Please call the office to approve your set-up plans.

For more information, or to reserve a shelter, please call the park office at: (440) 458-5121 or (800) LCM-PARK (Cleveland & Lorain County area only) or reserve a shelter online.

 

Picnicking and Shelters by Reservation

Amherst Beaver Creek Resevation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Beaver Creek
North Lake Street, Amherst
1 24 No Yes* Yes No
*A drinking fountain is near the shelter. Water is also available near the restrooms.

Reserve a shelter online

 

Black River Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Bur Oak
Ford Rd., Elyria
1 100 No Yes* No No
Bur Oak
Ford Rd., Elyria
2 100 No Yes* No No
Day's Dam
E. 31st Street, Lorain
1 100 Yes Yes* Yes No
High Meadows
Ford Rd., Elyria
1 125 No Yes* Yes No
High Meadows
Ford Rd., Elyria
2 125 No Yes* Yes No
High Meadows
Ford Rd., Elyria
3 100 No Yes* Yes No
*Water is available near the restrooms.

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Carlisle Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Duck Pond Picnic Area
Diagonal Rd., LaGrange
1 100 No Yes* Yes No
Equestrian Center
Diagonal Rd., LaGrange
1 24 Yes Yes* No No
Equestrian Center
Diagonal Rd., LaGrange
2 24 Yes Yes* No Yes
*Water is available near the restrooms.

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Columbia Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Columbia Reservation
Rt 82, Columbia Station
1 30 No Yes* Yes No *
*Water is available near the restrooms.

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French Creek Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Pine Tree Picnic Area
French Creek Rd, Sheffield Village
1 100 No Yes* Yes No
Pine Tree Picnic Area
French Creek Rd, Sheffield Village
2 24 No No Yes No
*Water is available near the restrooms.

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Indian Hollow Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Sheldon Woods
Parsons Rd, Grafton
1 95 No Yes* Yes No
Sheldon Woods
Parsons Rd, Grafton
2 95 No Yes* Yes No
*Water is available near the restrooms.

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Lakeview Park
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Lakeview
Park, West
Erie Ave, Lorain
Rotary Gazebo 50 Yes Yes* On the beach No
Lakeview
Park, West
Erie Ave, Lorain
Shelter 1 50 Yes Yes* On the beach No
*Water is available near the restrooms at shelter #1.

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Sandy Ridge Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Sandy Ridge Reservation 1 24 No No Yes No

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Vermilion River Reservation
Picnic Area Shelter No. Capacity Electricity Water Playground Enclosed Photo
Mill Hollow
North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
1 125 Yes Yes* Yes No
Bacon Woods
North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
2 75 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mill Hollow
North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
3 100 No Yes** No No
Bacon Woods
North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
4 100 No Yes* Yes No
*Water is available at the drinking fountain
**Water is available near the Carriage Barn

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