Columbia Beach Falls, Ohio

I’m guessing not many people have heard of Columbia Beach Falls. You wouldn’t exactly expect to find this waterfall along the Lake Erie shoreline, but there it is! The cliffs along the lakeshore are not very tall, but they are still 30 feet or so above the lake level. Columbia Beach Falls has been formed in those cliffs. The erosion is likely slow, though, as not much water was flowing in early August.

I think I would have liked the falls better if the falls were cleaner. There was a lot of algae growing on the falls, which definitely attracted a lot of ducks. It was interesting to see the ducks climbing up and down the falls. There were also some milk jugs and other things that had been lodged in the falls, though they’re harder to see in the picture. Still, it’s a pretty easy waterfall to get to, and you do get to enjoy beautiful Lake Erie.

Directions:

  1. Columbia Beach Falls is found on US-6 in the town of Bay Village. The “park” for the falls is right at the intersection of US-6 and OH-252.
  2. Parking can be found in a parking lot directly next to a church. From this parking area, cross the road, and walk down to the shoreline. The waterfall will be to your left.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 22′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Columbia Beach Falls in August 2009

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