Chippewa Lake, Ohio

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Chippewa Lake (formerly Chippewa-on-the-Lake) is a village in Medina County, Ohio, United States. It is located on Chippewa Lake, Ohio's largest natural inland lake.[2] The population was 823 at the 2000 census.

"Chippewa Lake" is sometimes applied to the surrounding area, even the village of Gloria Glens Park and Briarwood Beach.[citation needed]



Chippewa Lake is located at 41°4′27″N 81°54′14″W / 41.07417°N 81.90389°W / 41.07417; -81.90389 (41.074039, -81.903753)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²).


In the 1880s, Oscar Townsend and the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad developed a prosperous vacation resort, eventually called Chippewa Lake Park, on the banks of Ohio's largest natural lake. The Great Depression and extinction of interurban rail service crippled the park, but in 1937, Parker Beach purchased the resort, and it enjoyed a swinging Golden Age through 1969, as he kept the park's ballroom filled with dancers and famous bands. In 1978, after more than 100 years of operation, Chippewa Lake Park was shut down and left to decay. In 2008, scenes for the horror film Closed For the Season (released in 2010) were shot at the abandoned amusement park, using many of its decrepit attractions as backgrounds.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 823 people, 331 households, and 217 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,035.2 people per square mile (1,176.9/km²). There were 395 housing units at an average density of 1,456.8/sq mi (564.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.03% White, 0.12% African American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

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