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.

The Save the Lake Coalition, a citizen-led group of volunteers, has partnered with Friends of Medina County Parks to raise funds to help study and manage harmful algal blooms on Chippewa Lake. Click HERE to visit the Save the Lake Coalition website. Contributions to this effort can be made by check payable to Friends of Medina County Parks (with "Save the Lake" in the memo), or online at


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.

Warning Flag System in Place at Chippewa Lake

A new warning flag system will alert boaters and swimmers to water conditions at Chippewa Lake due to harmful algal blooms or other safety concerns.

The flags -- which will be posted on a flagpole at the public boat ramp on the southwest corner of the lake and be visible from other locations around the lake -- are color coded. Color keys posted at the boat ramp, public beaches, and private boat launch areas explain what each flag means:

Green -- Lake open

Yellow -- Boating permitted at idle speed only

Orange -- Warning: Algal toxins present

Red -- Danger: Avoid contact with the water

Previously, park rangers posted and removed warning signs from multiple locations around the lake on an as-needed basis. The flags are more visible and allow for faster public notification than the signs, said Chief Ranger David Swinehart. The new system offers the added benefit of being able to post a combination of flags. For example, a high level of algal toxins may warrant both yellow and red flags being flown.

Algal blooms occur due to a combination of factors including water temperature, rainfall, and nutrient runoff within the watershed. Chippewa Lake algal blooms have been the result of a microscopic organism called cyanobacteria. Its blooms can produce harmful toxins that may make people and pets sick when they come into contact with the water.

Per Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters, a Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued when toxin levels reach 6 ppb. It warns children, pregnant or nursing women, individuals with certain medical conditions, and pets to avoid contact with the water. When toxin levels reach 20 ppb, an Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued, warning all persons and pets to avoid all contact with the water. At 20 ppb or higher, boating is permitted on a no-wake, idle-speed basis only.

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