Starting Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) and continuing through the Chautauqua summer season (June 15-September 2), the gate hours are as follows:
• Fifth Street Gate: open 24 hours
• South Gate & Welcome Center: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
• East & West Second Street Gates: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
During closed hours, the South Gate Parking Lot will be accessible from inside the gates, and exiting will be out the Fifth Street Gate. The shuttle will continue its route from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
In order to control traffic, Lakeside is asking those who already have a Daily, Friday, Saturday, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Pass, and don’t need to purchase a pass, to use the East or West Second Street Gates when possible.
A unique barcode and number will be printed on each Chautauqua Pass (even Season Chautauqua Passes). Starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through the summer, every guest (adult, youth, child, season pass holder and employee) will be required to hand their Chautauqua Pass to the Gate Attendant to have their barcoded pass scanned when entering and exiting the gates.
Emergency medical care is available at Magruder Hospital, located at 615 Fulton St. in Port Clinton, which is approximately a 15-minute drive from Lakeside. Medical care is also available at Firelands Hospital in Sandusky. Urgent care can be found at FASTrack Urgent Care, located at 135 W. Perry St. in Port Clinton. Walk-ins are accepted and there is no facility fee. For more information, call (419) 732-7800. Urgent care is also available at NOMS Urgent Care in Sandusky.
A Chautauqua Pass provides admission to the grounds and activities, including Hoover Auditorium live entertainment, the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, educational seminars, children and youth programs, swimming off the dock, and parks and picnic areas, among numerous other activities. For the full list of Chautauqua Pass benefits, visit www.lakesideohio.com/passes/details
Lakeside is a “Slow-Go” community. Move slowly and use caution at all times. Bicycles must obey all traffic signs, including stop signs, stopping at crosswalks and one-way street signs. This is a State of Ohio Law. Golf carts and cars must also obey traffic signs. Pedestrians must cross at crosswalks when provided. No bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, hover boards or golf carts are permitted on the lakefront path or the nature/walking trail. No skateboards, rollerblades or hover boards are permitted in the Lakeside Business District. Bicyclists of all ages should wear helmets when riding. Bicycles and golf carts must use lights when driving after dark. Alert all pedestrians of your presence when attempting to pass them in the dark. Encourage all children and families to participate in the Bicycle Rodeo & Safety Inspection Program. This is offered to youth ages 4-12. During the summer season, please refer to the weekly Lakesider newspaper for day and time. Always give pedestrians the right of way. Lakeside strongly encourages the wearing of seat belts when operating a golf cart. Never hold another passenger on your lap when riding in a golf cart. Use extreme caution in high traffic areas and intersections.
A Daily Auto Pass is required to park at Lakeside over Memorial Day weekend and during the Chautauqua summer season. There are three options for daily Auto Passes:
To park on the grounds, the cost is $12 per day; to park in the South Gate Parking Lot, the cost is $6 per day, and to park at Danbury High School, 9451 E. Harbor Road, the cost is $1.50 per day and is available until Sept. 3. For more information on these options, visit www.lakesideohio.com/parking.
Orchestra Hall enjoys the distinction of being the only movie theater on the Marblehead Peninsula, as well as in all of Ottawa County. It’s located at 122 Second Street, on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Second Street, and features weekly movies in the summer and fall. Check the weekly Lakesider newspaper for show times and ticket prices.
Copy and fax services are available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Avenue, during regular business hours, for a fee. The Lakeside Chautauqua fax service number is (419) 798 - 5033.
Sypherd Cycles & Rental Center, located at 182 W. Sycamore Avenue, offers golf cart and bicycle rentals for guests. It is open daily throughout the summer season and by appointment in the off-season. For more information, visit www.sypherdcycles.com or contact (419) 798-4124.
Library books from the Lakeside United Methodist Church Library (450 Central Avenue), the Lakeside Women’s Club Library (161 Walnut Avenue) and the Port Clinton Ida Rupp Library (310 Madison Street, Port Clinton) may be returned to the library drop box in the parking lot at the corner of Central Avenue and Fourth Street. Book can also be returned to the Marblehead Branch of the Ida Rupp Library (710 West Main St.)
Where can I find more information about Lakeside while on the grounds?
The Lakeside Information Center is located at the Pavilion. This central location allows guests to complete reservations for waterfront activities and finalize payment for boat rentals, including stand up paddleboards, kayaks and Sunfish sailboats. In addition, the center is the main location to obtain and return registration forms and payment for recreational events, including the 5k Raccoon Run, Triathlons and sailing races. The Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave., is also a great resource for additional information about Lakeside Chautauqua.
Chapel on the Lake, 145 S. Bridge Road. First United Church of Christ, 802 Prairie Street. Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 E. Main Street. St. John Lutheran Church, 117 Stone Street. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 113 James Street. St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 506 E. Main Street. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 541 S. Church Road.
Tobacco is not permitted in Lakeside. For the health and wellness of guests and residents, smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds, with the exception of privately-owned properties.
Bikes, Skateboards, Scooters, Skates & Hoverboards are prohibited along the lakefront path, nature/walking trail, within the parks, on the dock or Pavilion and within the Pedestrian Walkway on Walnut Avenue between Second and Third Streets, as well as the Business District between Maple and Central Avenues from Fourth Street to the lakefront.
Near Hoover Auditorium and the Pavilion. Coffee & Cream, the Lakeside Laundromat, Bluebird Café and the Lakeside Women’s Club provide Wi-Fi for patrons. It is also available at the Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn for overnight guests only. Wesley Lodge, South Auditorium, Wo-Ho-Mis, Campground and the Lakeside Dorm have Wi-Fi for those who rent or live in the facilities.
A complimentary golf cart shuttle service is available from 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. during the summer season. The shuttle stops at the Welcome Center, the Shuffleboard Courts, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, Hoover Auditorium, Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, Chautauqua Park, and the Fifth Street and Second Street Gates. There’s no need to call for a shuttle, just go to one of the stops and look for a golf cart with an orange flag. The Mack Mobile is available for guests with limited mobility, 7a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Call (419) 341-8247.
Complimentary Church Passes, Faith for Living Hour Passes, Laundromat Passes, Orchestra Hall Movie Passes and Shopping/Dining Passes are available at the gates.
To view details and restrictions for each pass, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule at www.lakesideohio.com/passes/admission-fee-schedule
Church of the Nazarene, 410 Monroe Street. Faith United Methodist Church, 430 Jackson Street. Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Road. Grace Baptist Church, 4650 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road. Grace United Church of God & Christ, 1229 E. State Street. Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison Street. Peace Lutheran Church¸ 900 Jefferson Street. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2370 N.E. Catawba Road. Port Clinton Baptist Church, 978 S. Limestahl Road. Port Clinton Bible, 150 Maple Street. Rebirth Church, 570 S. McKinley Drive. St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 214 E. Second Street. Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams Street.
Now is their nesting time, and the males are very protective of their territory.
They will dive-bomb you if they think you are too close to one of their nests (even though you may have no idea where the birds’ nests are located).
Please be aware of these feathered friends around Lakeside. If suddenly dive-bombed, leave the area immediately.
The red-winged blackbird is one of the most common birds in Lakeside Chautauqua. The birds are similar in size to the robin.
The male is glossy black overall with red “shoulders” edged with yellow feathers. Males are also slightly larger than females.
The female is brownish overall and lacks any red color.
Red-winged blackbirds are polygamous. Males will defend territories in which as many as 15 females establish nesting areas. Most male territories contain about five females.