Wherever a large body of water meets the shoreline, a lighthouse is sure to be nearby. Ohio’s northern coast is no exception: Shoreline signals have helped ships navigate Lake Erie's variations in depth and shifting sandy shoals for generations. This year is particularly significant, as Ohio’s most famous lighthouse, the 65-foot beacon located in the village of Marblehead, is celebrating its bicentennial.
According to lighthouse expert Kraig Anderson, there are about a dozen lighthouses on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo. Here’s a tour of 5 of them, which ends (or begins, depending on your starting point) in Port Clinton. If you visit when it’s warm, consider packing a bathing suit since many Lake Erie towns have nice beaches.