Chippewa Lake

Krabill Shelter Address
7597 Ballash Road
Medina, OH 44256 
(Lafayette Township)
330-acre lake
1-acre pond
.4-acre pond

Boat Launch Address
7830 Westfield Landing Road
Medina, OH 44256 (Lafayette Township)

GPS Coordinates
North: N 41° 3' 35.4774
West: W 81° 54'46.64521

Among the largest natural inland lakes in the State of Ohio, Chippewa Lake was created some 14,000 years ago by the melting of massive glacial ice sheets as they retreated north. Chippewa Lake has a long history of human habitation going back thousands of years when Native Americans visited the fertile wetlands and lakeshores to hunt and trade. In recent history, the lake served as a playground for generations of visitors to storied Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, which closed its doors in 1978 after 100 years.

Medina County Park District purchased open land on the west side of the lake over a period of years. In 2007, the park district acquired the lake, itself. Since then, the park district has opened Krabill Shelter, a reservable enclosed shelter off Ballash Road. Today, the lake is open to the public, once again, with a public boat launch off Westfield Landing Road.

Utilizing available grants and mitigation banking, the park district has been able to fund the restoration of streams and wetlands north of the lake, which will improve water quality and enhance habitat for wildlife.Together, these restoration projects help preserve this special natural resource for all to enjoy for generations to come.


Chippewa Lake/Krabill Shelter Activities/Amenities

Anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid fishing license while fishing at Chippewa Lake and Chippewa Inlet.