Chippewa Lake

Krabill Shelter Address
7597 Ballash Road
Medina, OH 44256 (Lafayette Township)

GPS Coordinates
Latitude:  41° 3' 35.4774
Longitude:  81° 54'46.6452

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.

The 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.

You can get further information on the public boat launch here.

Chippewa Lake/Krabill Shelter Activities/Amenities


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  • Krabill Shelter Information

    GPS Coordinates
    North:  N 41 03' 54.378
    West:  W 081 55' 23.676

    Shelter Information

    Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

    8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Handicap accessible
    Alcohol is permitted inside the building only.
    Size: Main room 29’ x 49’, tiled
             Small room 14.5’ x 17’, carpeted
    Tables: Eight 6’ and two 5’
    Chairs: 52
    Grills: One 24” x 36”
    Benches: None
    Serving shelves: Buffet 2.5’ x 6’
    Misc.: Full kitchen (refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave)
    Three restrooms (one with ADA access)
    Heat/AC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gas fireplace
    16’ x 20’ deck with four 6’ picnic tables
    ADA access
    Outdoor outlets
    Capacity: 48 people
    $50 refundable key/cleaning deposit

    Internet hot-spot access is available upon request on a first-come, first-serve basis at a cost of $25

    Items subject to change; call for verification

    Rental Fees
    Resident - $175/weekend day or holiday; $125/weekday
    Non-resident - $200/weekend day or holiday; $150/weekdays

    To make a shelter
    reservation, click
    on the calendar.


    The key/cleaning deposit for Krabill Shelter is $50. The key must be picked up at the park district headquarters one or two business days before your reservation. For weekend reservations, you must pick the key up either Thursday or Friday as the park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays. The key must be returned in person to the park district office. Please wait at least two business days to return the key to allow time for office staff to receive the building inspection report. Please do NOT mail the key. The key/cleaning deposit will be refunded provided the key is returned, and the building is left clean and undamaged. If the key is lost, $25 will be retained from the deposit for replacement. Should damage to the facility occur at a cost that exceeds the maintenance deposit, the patron will be billed the difference.