Lake Medina

Medina, OH 44256
Lake Medina has two
entrances/parking lots.
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Gravel Trail (1.08 miles – easy – orange diamond )  
Paved Greenway Trail (1.4 miles – easy – teal triangle)  
233 acres
105-acre lake

Addresses and GPS Coordinates

State Route 18 Entrance
3751 Medina Road/State Route 18
Medina, OH 44256
North: N 41 08' 14.238
West: W 081 49' 21.072

Granger Road Entrance
3733 Granger Road
Medina, OH 44256
North: N 41 09' 08.754
West: W 081 49' 20.310

Click HERE to view master plan for Shotwell Gardens at Lake Medina.

Lake Medina is a hidden oasis nestled between Route 18 to the south and Granger Road to the north, just west of Interstate 71. Hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing are just a few leisure activities visitors can enjoy at this park.

In the early 1960s, the city of Medina was looking for a way to supplement its water supply. A decision to create an upland reservoir was made, and the development of Lake Medina began. Through the creation of a long earthen levy, the valley adjoining the west branch of the Rocky River was flooded with water pumped from the river. Three large capacity pumps located in the concrete pump house on the northern side of the lake pumped water into the lake daily that was used for the city water supply.

In 2002, due to increasing demands for water usage as the city grew, an alternate water supply from Lake Erie was developed, and the lake was no longer used as awater supply for the city. In 2003, Medina County Park District secured a lease agreement with the city of Medina to turn the lake into a county park. Lake Medina is no longer a human water supply, but it is an important water source for wildlife – particularly waterfowl, bald eagles,and osprey. From late February through the end of April each year, Lake Medina serves as a rest stop for migratory waterfowl such as loons, grebes, and a variety of ducks, geese, and swans. Throughout the rest of the year, visitors may spot bald eagles or ospreys that use this area for hunting fish.

All-Purpose Trail
The 1.4-mile Greenway Trail is an asphalt path that follows the willows and sycamores along the West Branch of the Rocky River and connects to the city of Medina’s paved trail along Reagan Parkway. The ten-foot-wide trail runs along the bottom of the reservoir’s dam, crosses the river channel twice with bridges and boardwalks, and provides safe crossing of State Route 3 and Reagan Parkway, utilizing crosswalks and a pedestrian signalization system. The Buckeye Trail also runs through Lake Medina.

Lake Medina Activities/Amenities