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Catawba-Island is not an island at all, but an area of the Ottawa County peninsula along the western shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. It's sometimes also referred to simply as Catawba. It's one of twelve townships that make up Ottawa County, Ohio and is mainly residential with many condos, upscale homes, marinas and a few businesses. Catawba Island has easy access to Lake Erie with many sheltered bays and inlets. It's reached from SR 53 exit off of SR 2 or from Sand Road off SR 2. Both of these roads meet at Catawba Point, making a scenic loop around the peninsula. Activities in the area include swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking and camping. Catawba Island is just minutes to the village of Marblehead and the Marblehead Lighthouse. Other attractions in the area include the Lake Erie islands of Put-in-Bay and Kellys Island and the Chautauqua community of Lakeside. Nearby Port Clinton has lots of shopping and restaurant choices, and the village of Marblehead features quaint shops and art galleries. Catawba Island State Park is also located here and features a fishing pier, picnic shelters, boat launch ramps, ice skating and ice fishing access in wintertime. East Harbor State Park is just a short drive from Catawba and offers the largest campground in the Ohio Parks system, seven miles of beaches, picnicking, hiking trails, fishing access and a full-service marina.

Surrounding areas: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (5.0 mi), Lakeside, Ohio (5.2 mi), Marblehead, Ohio (5.9 mi), Kelleys Island, Ohio (6.5 mi), Middle Bass Island, Ohio (7.0 mi), Port Clinton, Ohio (7.2 mi), Sandusky, Ohio (11.3 mi)

Catawba Island Vacation Rentals

Catawba Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express50 Ne Catawba RdPort Clinton, OH4.1 mi.(419) 732-7322
Perry Holiday Motel99 Concord AvePut In Bay, OH4.6 mi.(419) 285-2107
Fountain Inn Motel225 Maple AveLakeside, OH5.1 mi.(419) 798-4461
Days Inn Port Clinton2149 E Gill RdPort Clinton, OH5.8 mi.(419) 734-4945
Country Hearth Inn1815 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH6.2 mi.(800) 282-5711
Best Western Port Clinton1734 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH6.3 mi.(419) 734-2274
Comfort Inn1723 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH6.3 mi.(419) 732-2929
Harbormaster Motel1735 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH6.3 mi.(419) 734-5633
Phils Inn1704 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH6.3 mi.(419) 734-2912
Park HotelPut In Bay, OH6.3 mi.(419) 285-3581
Fairfield Inn3760 E State RdPort Clinton, OH6.5 mi.(419) 732-2434
Commodore Perry Inn & Suites255 W Lakeshore DrPort Clinton, OH7.3 mi.(419) 732-2645
Island House Hotel102 Madison StPort Clinton, OH7.3 mi.(419) 734-2166
Lakeland Motel121 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH7.3 mi.(419) 734-2101
Our Guest Inn2039 E HBR RdPort Clinton, OH7.3 mi.(419) 734-3000
Sleep Inn Suites947 State Rte 53 NPort Clinton, OH7.3 mi.(419) 732-7707
Holiday Inn Express55131/2 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.3 mi.(419) 624-0028
Sandcastle Suites HotelSandusky, OH11.3 mi.(419) 627-2112
Erie Islands Resort & Marina4495 W Darr-Hopfinger RdPort Clinton, OH11.4 mi.(800) 999-3743
Rodeway Inn1021 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH11.8 mi.(419) 527-2884
Comfort Inn Cedar Point Maingate1711 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH12.4 mi.(419) 625-4700
Econo Lodge1904 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH12.5 mi.(419) 627-8000
Days Inn North1932 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH12.6 mi.(419) 625-1333
Quality Inn & Suites1935 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH12.6 mi.(419) 626-6761
Howard Johnson Express Inn2809 Milan RdSandusky, OH12.8 mi.(419) 626-3742
Rodeway Inn Cedar Point2905 Milan RdSandusky, OH12.9 mi.(419) 625-1291
Econo Lodge3309 Milan RdSandusky, OH13.3 mi.(419) 626-8720
North Coast Inn Inc3304 Milan RdSandusky, OH13.3 mi.(419) 626-6766
Quality Inn And Suites3306 Milan RdSandusky, OH13.3 mi.(419) 626-6766
Vacation Inn2218 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH13.3 mi.(419) 625-6542
Knights Inn2405 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH13.7 mi.(419) 621-9000
Clarion Inn Sandusky1119 Sandusky Mall BlvdSandusky, OH14.0 mi.(419) 625-6280
Days Inn4315 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.3 mi.(419) 627-8884
Holiday Inn Sandusky Cedar Point Area5513 Milan RdSandusky, OH15.9 mi.(419) 626-6671
Sleep Inn Sandusky5509 Milan RdSandusky, OH15.9 mi.(419) 625-6989
A Night Inn5410 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.0 mi.(419) 627-9770
Ramada Inn Sandusky5608 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.0 mi.(419) 626-9890
Best Budget Inn5918 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.1 mi.(419) 626-8148
Comfort Inn5909 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.1 mi.(419) 621-0200
Sandusky Cedar Point Travelodge5906 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.1 mi.(419) 627-8971

Catawba Island Weather & Climate

Northwest Ohio, along Lake Erie, experiences a humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons. Lake Erie moderates the climate somewhat, especially in late spring and fall. This effect is lessened in the winter when Lake Erie freezes over (unlike the other Great Lakes.) Snowfall varies greatly year to year. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are a possibility, especially in spring and summer. Summers are warm and humid. Southerly and westerly winds combined with warm surface waters of Lake Erie in summer negate the lake's cooling ability on the area, plus the lake's presence increases humidity. Autumn is the sunniest time of the year in this region, with mild days and cool nights. A jacket is recommended for fall evenings that can dip into the upper 30s to low 40s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 18°F 1.63 in. -
February 33°F 20°F 1.45 in. -
March 42°F 28°F 2.28 in. -
April 54°F 39°F 2.98 in. -
May 65°F 52°F 3.33 in. -
June 75°F 62°F 3.49 in. -
July 81°F 67°F 3.01 in. -
August 78°F 66°F 3.43 in. -
September 72°F 59°F 3.03 in. -
October 60°F 47°F 2.48 in. -
November 47°F 36°F 2.53 in. -
December 36°F 25°F 2.13 in. -

Catawba Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located about 50 miles west of Catawba Island in Toledo, Ohio, the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located approximately 51 miles northwest of Catawba Island in Detroit, Michigan, the Cleveland Hopkins International airport (CLE) located roughly 52 miles east of Catawba Island in Cleveland, Ohio, and finally the Mansfield Lahm Regional airport (MFD) located around 55 miles south of Catawba Island in Mansfield, Ohio.

Catawba Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cedar PointSanduskyOH11.3 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH42.2 mi.
JeepersClevelandOH59.2 mi.
Memphis Kiddie ParkClevelandOH59.2 mi.
JeepersLivoniaMI60.5 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI63.4 mi.
Dover Lake WaterparkSagamore HillsOH69.2 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI79.0 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.2 mi.
Six Flags Worlds of AdventureAuroraOH79.2 mi.
Water Parks
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH11.3 mi.
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI64.0 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH72.5 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI72.8 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.2 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI82.7 mi.
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH99.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Catawba Willow Golf & Country ClubPort ClintonOH7.3 mi.
Little Nessie Golf ClubPort ClintonOH7.3 mi.
Port Clinton Golf CoursePort ClintonOH11.0 mi.
Mills Creek Golf CourseSanduskyOH11.4 mi.
Keys Public CourseSanduskyOH12.1 mi.
Woussickett Golf CourseSanduskyOH12.1 mi.
Oak Harbor Golf ClubOak HarborOH16.8 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseBrecksvilleOH17.0 mi.
High Acres Par ThreeHuronOH19.8 mi.
Thunderbird Hills Golf CourseHuronOH19.8 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf ClubClydeOH20.8 mi.
Sycamore Hills Golf ClubFremontOH21.9 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseBellevueOH22.0 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseMansfieldOH22.0 mi.
Green Hills Golf CourseClydeOH22.4 mi.
Thornwood Golf CourseFremontOH22.9 mi.
Sugar Creek Golf CourseElmoreOH24.5 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubNorwalkOH26.4 mi.
Norwalk Sycamore Hills Golf ClubNorwalkOH26.4 mi.
Vermilion Country ClubVermilionOH27.0 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubVermilionOH27.0 mi.
Chippewa Golf ClubCurticeOH27.2 mi.
Arrowhead PinesLowellOH28.7 mi.
Ski Areas
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH59.3 mi.
Alpine ValleyChesterlandOH77.5 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI85.1 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH96.6 mi.
State Parks
Catawba Island State ParkOH1.2 mi. 
East Harbor State ParkOH3.2 mi. 
South Bass Island State ParkOH4.0 mi. 
Kelleys Island State ParkOH7.2 mi. 
Crane Creek State ParkOH17.0 mi. 
Spiegel Grove State ParkOH22.7 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH28.5 mi. 
Pfizer State ParkOH28.7 mi. 
Sterling State ParkMI34.1 mi. 
Merry-Go-Round MuseumSanduskyOH11.3 mi.(History)
Historic Lyme VillageBellevueOH21.4 mi.(History)
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI37.1 mi.(History)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH37.7 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH37.7 mi.(Art)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI46.6 mi.(History)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI52.9 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI52.9 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI52.9 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI52.9 mi.(History)
Cleveland Public LibraryClevelandOH59.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dittrick Medical History MuseumClevelandOH59.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
HealthSpace ClevelandClevelandOH59.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandOH59.2 mi.(Science)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumClevelandOH59.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH7.3 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH37.7 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI52.9 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH59.2 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI64.7 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI64.7 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH76.5 mi.
Sea World of AuroraAuroraOH79.2 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH112.4 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI118.7 mi.

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