Destination guide

Oak Harbor, where art thou?

Once centered around a thriving lumber industry, the buzz you’ll hear about Oak Harbor nowadays has nothing to do with sawmills. Set alongside the Portage River, it’s only a 10-mile drive from the shores of Lake Erie. While much of Oak Harbor is residential, Downtown’s Water Street is lined with mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, and bars. An agricultural hub, Oak Harbor is known for its apple orchards and sprawling farmland. Your centrally located Oak Harbor vacation rental will put you right in the heart of the American heartland.

Things to do

Wildlife and wild rides in Oak Harbor

On the shore of Lake Erie, the sprawling Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge features more than 6,800 acres of preserved wetland, where you’ll find epic birdwatching during spring and summer’s peak migration seasons. Traveling with kids? The Cedar Point amusement park to the east is a must, boasting 17 roller coasters, as well as kids’ rides, games, and entertainment. If you want to learn more about Oak Harbor’s past, a trip to the museum of the Ottawa County Historical Society will put you face to face with local history.

Activities

Oak Harbor – the very best of the midwest

Oak Harbor is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Lake Erie, where you’ll find a long stretch of sandy shoreline. Boating, kayaking, and other water sports are popular, and both Lake Erie and the Portage River offer boat ramps, marinas, and plenty of charter and rental agencies. Looking for a more relaxed outdoor experience? Check out the Little Portage River Wildlife Area, 407 marshy acres that are home to several species of wading and migratory birds. Fishing and hunting are permitted, and you can also enjoy the park’s many walking trails.

Weather

Running hot and cold in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor has a humid continental climate, which means summers are warm, but summer storms are relatively common – most of Oak Harbor’s rain falls between April and September. With highs in the 80s, summer is also the busiest season, as families flock to Lake Erie’s sandy shore and the nearby Cedar Point amusement park. Winters are cold, with average highs in the 30s and lows regularly below freezing from December to February. You’ll find Oak Harbor vacation rentals tend to be a little easier on the wallet this time of year.

Natural features

Oak Harbor – living off the flat of the land

The area around Oak Harbor mostly consists of low-lying plains, large swaths of which are cultivated by the region’s bustling agricultural industry. The Portage River marks the southern boundary of Oak Harbor, flowing east until it empties into Lake Erie at Port Clinton. The marshy Little Portage River Wildlife Area is home to waterfowl and migratory birds, as well as muskrat and rabbits, and sportfishers are drawn to the area for its bullhead and catfish populations. An Oak Harbor vacation rental will put you amid one of the biggest aquatic playgrounds in the midwest.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oak Harbor

Fly into Toledo, OH (TOL-Toledo Express), the closest airport, located 34.8 mi (55.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Oak Harbor?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 44 vacation rentals near Oak Harbor. From 9 Houses to 8 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oak Harbor for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oak Harbor?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oak Harbor. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center: 278 vacation rentals
  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: 176 vacation rentals
  • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area: 233 vacation rentals
  • Lake Erie Islands Historical Society: 480 vacation rentals
  • Catawba Island State Park: 473 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oak Harbor listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oak Harbor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 9 Houses in Oak Harbor. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oak Harbor include:

  • Cottages: 8 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 26 rentals available
  • Cabins: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oak Harbor?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 25 vacation rentals with pool available in Oak Harbor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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