Standard Weekly Trips
LaDue Boathouse and Marina
Location and Directions
17759 Valley Road
Auburn Township, OH 44023
Weekends and Holidays May - Sep
LaDue Boathouse and Marina is situated just east of Solon at the end of East Washington Street in Auburn Township. It is approximately 45-minute drive from Cleveland, Akron, or Youngstown.
From Cleveland: Take I-77 south to I-480 east, then continue on 422 east to Route 44. Turn left on 44 and head north towards the first intersection. Make a right on East Washington Street and continue east until you reach the parking lot.
From Akron: Take I-76 East to Route 44. Go north on Route 44 for approximately 22 miles, then make a right on East Washington Street and continue east until you reach the parking lot.
From Youngstown: Take OH-11 north to OH-82 west, then take US-422 west to OH-44 north. Make a right on East Washington Street and go east until you reach the parking lot.
Description of Lake
LaDue Reservoir, located in Geauga County approximately 30 miles from downtown Cleveland, is a man-made lake that was formed by the damming of two creeks which are tributaries of the Cuyahoga River. The construction of the dams was completed in 1962, resulting in the creation of a 1,477-acre lake with 24 miles of shoreline. The reservoir serves as a part of the Akron Water Supply, offering flood control and water supply for the Cuyahoga River.
Managed and monitored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, LaDue Reservoir features a diverse fish population including Bass, Crappie, Pike, Perch, and award-winning Catfish. Its bottom topography, which includes undulations and deeper holes, provides ample hiding spots for fish, making it an ideal location for angling enthusiasts.
Additionally, LaDue Reservoir is a popular spot for bird watchers, as it attracts a wide variety of species, particularly migratory birds during the spring and fall seasons. Recognized as one of the top 10 best places for birding in Northeast Ohio, the lake's rich aquatic life draws waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and bird-watching apps and guides for a rewarding experience.
The tranquil atmosphere of LaDue is maintained by its "electric only" policy, which prohibits gas powered speed boats and jet skis, ensuring minimal disruption from wakes. Two boat launches are available—one on the north side of the lake at the end of East Washington Street in Auburn Township, and the other on the south side off of Route 44.
The lake's south side is characterized by its shallower depth, averaging 9-12 feet, while the north side is deeper, with an average depth of 15-20 feet. The deepest spot, reaching 24 feet, is situated close to the dam on the north side. The north side tends to be slightly cooler, with a wider width of almost a mile, whereas the south side is narrower and features more islands, bays, and coves.
With its serene and undisturbed environment, diverse fish population, and abundant bird-watching opportunities, LaDue Reservoir offers a peaceful and rewarding escape for nature enthusiasts. Whether you're an avid angler, bird watcher, or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, the picturesque setting and conservation efforts at LaDue Reservoir make it an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. Don't miss the chance to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of this "electric only" lake—a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.