Chippewa Lake Park – Chippewa Lake, OH

How about a quick Chippewa Lake Park mention… these are the last pictures I took of the park before moving from Ohio back in 2009. This was in April 2009. I didn’t have a chance to post them until now. Chippewa Lake Park was one of my favorite places to sneak around and one of my favorite features on the site. This series of pictures taken after the land was cleared for redevelopment gives a better glimpse of the rides and where they sat in relation to one another. Even having been there many times, I was surprised how near some of them were to each other once the brush and trees were cleared. The park had been sitting for around 20 years by the time I first visited, so it was very overgrown. Anyway, here are some pictures from my April 2009 visit. It was a quick trip, and this is a fraction of the pictures I took…

23 Responses to “Chippewa Lake Park – Chippewa Lake, OH”

  1. Dave Clough Says:

    Interesting photos. Do you have more extensive history/background on this park?

    Interesting site and great job. Still the favorites are Tyson’s former home, the turnpike motel, and Geauga Lake.

  2. Steve Sharp Says:

    Dave, I was wondering the same thing, and there is a decent overview of the history of the park on Wikipedia. Here’s a link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_Lake_Park

  3. Steve Sharp Says:

    Also, interestingly enough, in that Wiki link I just posted, they mention Geauga Lake (and Cedar Point) as being competing parks that led to the demise of Chippewa Lake Park. I guess Cedar Point wound up taking them both down.

  4. Scott Says:

    Tis gone :(

  5. Rookie Says:

    Cedar Point closing down Geauga Lake made me not like Cedar Point.

  6. Dave Clough Says:

    Scott – thanks for providing the link. It looks like pictures will be the only remains of this park soon if the redevelopment is actually happening.

  7. Ed Kiggans Says:

    I would love to go on some explorations with you.Your websites are the greatest.Keep up the great work.

  8. Buster Says:

    exploring old places is fun and after looking at these pics id so love to go to this place is it still there? another of my favorites that I have been too is the turnpike hotel up by austintown, oh and the old Hooven allison rope factory in xenia oh

  9. SUPERSTANG70 Says:

    Really sad to see how this place ended i followed the destruction on your website,thanks

  10. Sara Says:

    This film is about the history of Chippewa. It is called Welcome Back Riders and was made in 2007 (I think). The last 15 min or so of the film focuses on Chippewa.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQSawTY3PkU&context=C319b055ADOEgsToPDskIlWcRSZtc47Q4WW2_s3i6b

  11. Brad Williams Says:

    @ Sara Neat movie. Did you make it? Love the Euclid Beach section.

  12. Milne Says:

    Do you know where I can get a copy of this film? The one on youtube is such bad quality. If anyone knows where I can get a copy please email me.

    SMilneemail@gmail.com

  13. Milla Says:

    I liked the documentary. I want the soundtrack to the movie. I looked on Amazon but can’t find it for sale. Does anyone have a copy that they can lend me? I loved the Cedar Point song. The end credits are such bad quality that it is hard for me to see who the singer is.

  14. Lily Says:

    Is some of it still standing? I fell in love looking at the photos. About 2 hrs from me, so I don’t want to make the drive if its no longer there.

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  19. Thomas Says:

    have spent numerous hours on your various websites over the last few days. I was initially drawn in by the Tyson mansion but soon learned of the other places and have fallen in love. I’m not even all the way through the site yet! The Chippewa park and the Idora park are my favorites so far. So sad how these two ended up. Anyway, love the blog and the SBNO site and please do return with some updates.

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  23. Kris M. Says:

    These pictures are fantastic. I wish I would’ve known to explore there before developers got a hold of it. There is nothing sadder than an abandoned amusement park. :( I absolutely love your website, please keep exploring!

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