There’s nothing better in the summertime than a cool dip in the water. Here are some places you can get wet. All directions are from Monroe.
Cleanwater Beach, Milan
Exit 22 off US-23 on Cone Rd. 439-1818. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., hours and dates subject to change because of weather conditions. Privately owned but open to the public, naturally filtered 6½-acre lake, soft sandy beach, roped-off shallow area, rafts, diving board, picnic area, water-level stair platforms, children’s play sets, volleyball, grills, concession stand. Daily and season passes available; children 8 and younger admitted free. Parking is free but spaces are limited, carpooling recommended on Sundays.
Covered Wagon Camp Resort, Ottawa Lake
US-23 south to exit 5. Turn left off expressway to 5639 St. Anthony Rd. 856-3058. Park is just over overpass on right side. Open mid-April through late October. Paddleboats, volleyball court, swimming pond, heated swimming pool, horseshoes, basketball, camping, wagon rides, fishing, train rides, mini golf, bicycle rentals, picnic tables. Group reservations available.
Luna Pier Municipal Beach
Telegraph Rd. south to Luna Pier Rd. Turn left. Beach is at end of Luna Pier Rd. on Lake Erie. 848-6495. Open year round, 6 a.m.-dusk. Playground, bath houses. No dogs on pier or beach, no alcohol or glass bottles on beach. No lifeguard on duty. Admission is free, but parking is 50 cents an hour.
Monroe County KOA Campground, Petersburg
US-23 south to exit 9. Turn left to 15600 Tunnicliff Rd. 856-4972, (800) KOA-7646. Three beaches for day use, paddle boat, outdoor movies on 16-foot screen, two lakes, camping, pavilion, free wi-fi, Frisbee golf, games, outdoor pool tables, children’s activities including teddy bear stuffing, giant chess/checker set, mini golf, fishing in fully stocked lake, arts and crafts, themed weekends, waterslides, sand volleyball court, basketball court, playground, boat rentals for day use, Leashed pets accepted with some restrictions. Snacks, soft drinks, food wagon accessories available in store. Children must be accompanied by adults. Open daylight-dusk.
Pirolli Park, Petersburg
Telegraph Rd. south to Yargerville Rd. Turn right, go 13 miles to Sylvania- Petersburg Rd., turn left. 279-1487. Playground, camping, wireless Internet, game room, crafts, picnic tables, family activities on Saturdays, walking and golf cart trails, golf cart rental, basketball, softball, horseshoes, volleyball net, grills, 2 acre spring-fed lake, golf driving range, fishing pond, party store, pizza to go, auction house, pavilions available for daily rentals.
Splash Universe Water Park Resort, Dundee
100 Whitetail Dr., next to Holiday Inn Express, M-50 and US-23, Dundee. (877) 752-7482. Indoor facility includes three-story themed play tower dumping 500 gallons of water every 10 minutes, two 250-foot water slides, lazy-river inner tube, themed slides, shallow pool, water cannons, water walk, two hydrotherapy spas, restaurants, overnight lodging, hot tub, floating log walk, arcade and gift shop. Full-day or half-day passes available on first-come, first-served basis. Group reservations available. Normal business hours 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., closing at 9 p.m. when school is in session.
Sterling State Park, Monroe
On Lake Erie; half mile north of I-75 on N. Dixie Hwy. in Frenchtown Township. 289-2715. 1,300 acres with one mile of beach. Grills, tables, boat launch, fishing, metal detecting, swimming, hiking, watchable wildlife, biking, picnic shelters, six miles of hiking/bicycle trails. Season passes available.
Totem Pole Park, Petersburg
16333 Lulu Rd., Petersburg; US-23 south to Ida West Rd., exit 13. Turn right on Ida West Rd., then left on Summerfield Rd., then right on Lulu Rd. and follow signs. Park is set back from the road on left. 279-2110. Open mid-April through mid-October. Public swim hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. 5.5-acre lake, wooded surroundings, camping, fishing, volleyball, basketball areas, picnic pavilion and pavilion rental. Children younger than 12 must
be attended by adults. Restrooms are ADA-compliant.
Wilderness Campground, Dundee
M-50 to four miles west of Ida-Maybee Rd. Turn left on Meanwell at underpass, go about a mile. 529-5122. 3-acre swimming lake. Full sandy beach, horseshoes, children’s playground, volleyball, picnic table, paddleboat rentals on separate lake, snacks, ice cream, pop and food, game room. Fishing. Office open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 through Oct. 30; other dates depend on weather.