Chippewa Lake

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

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

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

Watercraft Regulations - State watercraft regulations apply. Click HERE for rules specific to waters of Medina County Park District.

Proposed Rule Changes for Chippewa Lake -- Click HERE to download a pdf.  If you were unable to attend the open house that took place on December 5, you can submit your feedback by filling out the Contact Us form: You can also send an email to Deb Green, regulatory coordinator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Watercraft at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please put Chippewa Lake Rules in the subject line.

MCPD is actively collaborating with local community stakeholders to review suggestions and educational initiatives. Additionally, MCPD will strengthen law-enforcement measures in 2024. This collective effort aims to ensure the safe and optimal operation of Chippewa Lake for a variety of user groups. Thank you for your participation in the process of making our community spaces better for everyone.

The Chippewa Lake Master Plan has been finalized. Click HERE to learn more.

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 park district acquired the old amusement park property in June 2020. Read about this exciting aquisition HERE.

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 Lodge 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

The warning flag system alerts boaters and swimmers to water conditions at Chippewa Lake due to harmful algal blooms or other safety concerns.

The flags -- which are 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: