Lakefront Reservation--East 55th St. Marina

Tips for Birding

Driving east on North Marginal Drive, at East 55th Street turn left to stay on North Marginal Drive and go .2 mile. The East 55th Street Marina is a unit of the Lakefront Reservation. Here you will find a marina, concession stand, picnic tables and a fishing pier. Scan the gulls loafing on the marina docks for rarities and look for interesting waterfowl in the protected marina lagoon as well as offshore. In winter, the marina docks and the offshore breakwall are good places to look for Snowy Owls.

About this Location

Fishing area is located on North Marginal Road just east of East 55th Street in Cleveland. Amenities include restrooms, picnic areas with grills, 2 Volleyball courts, 2 Bocce courts, and a 1200 foot fishing wall. The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway passes through the East 55th Street Fishing Area and connects directly with the East 72nd Street Fishing Area and Gordon Boat Ramp area to the east. Additional fishing access is available along the bikeway between East 55th Street Marina and East 72nd Street picnic/fishing area. No public road links the two access sites.

About Lakefront Reservation

In 2013, Cleveland Metroparks assumed management of certain Lakefront State properties which include Edgewater Park, Scranton Peninsula, East 55th Street Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela, and Wildwood Park. While the City of Cleveland will continue to own the properties, Cleveland Metroparks holds a 99-year lease to manage and enhance the parks, with a commitment to outstanding stewardship. Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela Park, and Wildwood Park join Euclid Creek Reservation, while Edgewater Park, East 55th Street Marina, and Gordon Park comprise Cleveland Metroparks' newest reservation, Lakefront Reservation.

From beaches to boat ramps and fitness trails to fishing piers, Lakefront Reservation is a true gem in the “Emerald Necklace” anchoring Cleveland Metroparks' presence on the shores of Lake Erie. Located in Cleveland, Lakefront Reservation is made up of three very distinct properties, Edgewater Park, Gordon Park, and East 55th Street Marina.

Edgewater Park with its 6,000 feet of shoreline features two beaches, a playground, reservable pavilions, and one of the best views of downtown Cleveland. A nearby fishing pier provides anglers access to Lake Erie while the boat ramps offer one of the few public boating access points on the west side of the city. Edgewater Beach, a 900-foot swimming beach is open with lifeguards daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through mid-August.

Gordon Park was donated to the City of Cleveland by William J. Gordon in 1893 who stipulated the park always be open to the public and remain Gordon Park. Part of an Audubon Important Birding Area, Gordon Park provides the best viewing for a large number of diverse and rare gulls and ducks. The 1.3 miles of armored coastline and onshore fishing platforms provide excellent fishing opportunities and is known for winter catches of steelhead and salmon.

Anglers and boaters can take advantage of the 1,200-foot fishing platform, eight transient docks, and concession facility at the East 55th Street Marina.

The 17-mile Cleveland Lakefront Bike Trail traces the Lake Erie shoreline providing access to Edgewater Park, the East 55th Street Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela Park, and Wildwood Park.

Restrooms on site.

Content from East 55th Street Fishing Area webpage and Dick Hoffman

East 55th Street
Lakefront Reservation