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Lake Erie

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Dive into the warmest of the Great Lakes

Spanning 241 miles from Toledo, with Ohio on one end and New York on the other, Lake Erie is the fourth largest of the stunning Great Lakes, and the 11th largest lake in the world. Thanks to its shallow waters and warm temperatures, the lake is a watersports and fishing paradise. Soak up the sun at a waterfront Lake Erie vacation rental, where you'll be close to everything from lighthouses, to wineries, to amusement parks. Be sure to pack your passport if you plan to travel between the US cities on the southern shores and Ontario to the north.

Catch your own supper among the ghostly shipwrecks

Lake Erie's shores are dotted with sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, boating, and endless water sports in the warm summer months. Fishing dominates year round, thanks to large populations of bass, trout, walleye, and many others (you'll just have to drill a hole through the ice in the winter). Wine lovers can enjoy local vintages at one of the many wineries, or from the comfort of a pleasure cruise. For a truly memorable experience, dive to see one of the thousands of shipwrecks below the surface. Just keep your eyes peeled for Bessie, Lake Erie's legendary monster.

From roller coasters to roaring falls, Lake Erie has it all

The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a spot for your Lake Erie vacation rental. Urbanites flock to the attractions of the major cities like Buffalo and Cleveland, while those looking to escape from it all might prefer a quiet spot among the picturesque lighthouses along the shores. Sandusky, Ohio, is the roller coaster capital of the world, thanks to Cedar Point Amusement Park. If natural drops are more your thing, awe-inspiring the Niagara Falls are a must-see. History buffs will love the historic War of 1812 sites along the lake's northern shores.

Get to know the lake-effect snow

When the first cold winds pass over the warm shallow waters, you get a phenomenon called lake-effect snows. The result is a thick blanket of white that can start as early as October and last into April (Buffalo and the eastern end get particularly walloped). Once the lake freezes over the snows slow but the piles don't melt, since temperatures from December to February are well below freezing. The summer months of June to August are peak season for Lake Erie vacation rentals, thanks to highs in the 80s when 70-degree waters make for perfect recreation.

A watery wonderland of fish, falls, and fruit

The fourth largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is 210 feet at its deepest, but relatively shallow by its shores, with plenty of sandy beaches and plentiful species of freshwater fish. The northern shore is one of Canada's richest fruit and vegetable production areas, while the southern shores see vineyards of concord grapes. There are 31 islands, mostly in the western end, including Pelee Island, which is home to unique plants, monarch butterflies, and two species of endangered snakes. Emptying into the roaring Niagara River, the lake waters ultimately tumble over Niagara Falls in a jaw-dropping spray of mist.