Beartown Lakes Reservation is a 149-acre park located in both Auburn and Bainbridge townships. The highlights of this park include a mature beech-maple forest and more than 22 acres of open water. It is Geauga Park District’s intent to protect this natural area in
Three picnic areas are available. North Point Shelter overlooks Lower Bear Lake, while Minnow Pond Shelter is nestled in the woods. Amenities include electricity, water and nearby restrooms. North Point Shelter also includes a playground. Both of these shelters can be reserved online or by calling the Park District. A third, smaller pavilion is located along the Lake Trail.
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Minnow Pond Shelter, North Point Shelter
To protect wildlife habitat, fishing is permitted only in designated areas. Fish may be taken only with rod and reel or cane pole; a current Ohio fishing license is required in accordance with state regulations. Boating and wading are not permitted, nor is collecting live bait. Geauga Park District encourages catch-and-release practices to help maintain a balanced and healthy fish
Three trails circle their way through the park; each offers its own special attraction. Download the trail map here.
The paved all-purpose Lake Trail around Lower Bear Lake provides access for visitors of all abilities. The Whitetail Trail winds through the forest and along meadows, much to the enjoyment of hikers and horseback riders. Large trees, wildflowers and wetlands highlight the Beechnut Trail. Cross-country skiing is permitted on all three trails as conditions permit. Sledding can be enjoyed in the area below Lower Bear Lake.
Spring Creek, a tributary of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River, flows along the northwest boundary of the park. Wetlands exist adjacent to this stream and around the lakes. Beaver lodges can be seen in these areas.
Three interconnecting lakes and a smaller pond cover more than 22 acres of the park. Upper Bear Lake teems with frogs, turtles, water snakes and other aquatic life. Middle Bear Lake has many dead snags for cavity nesting birds, while Lower Bear Lake is larger and deeper, supporting populations of bass, northern pike and bluegill. Migrating waterfowl flock to all four bodies of water each spring and fall.
Beech-maple forestland covers approximately 70 acres of the park. These woods are carpeted each spring with wildflowers. A successional hardwood forest, a pine stand, shrub thickets and a meadow abundant with wildflowers and grasses offer a variety of habitats to many species of wildlife, including songbirds, deer and a variety of small mammals.
Click below for a map, courtesy of MapQuest®.
From Cleveland and points east: Travel US-422 E. Exit US-422 at Route 306. Travel south 1.2 miles on
Route 306 to Taylor May Road. Turn east on Taylor May Road and travel 2.7 miles to Quinn Road. Turn south on Quinn Road and continue 1.2 miles until it ends in Beartown Lakes Reservation.
From Erie and points north: Exit I-90 at Route 44. Turn south on 44 toward Chardon. Continue through Chardon Square, and southward toward Ravenna approximately 21 miles. Turn west onto Washington St., traveling 3 miles toward Chagrin Falls. Turn south onto Munn Road. Continue 1.8 miles and turn west onto Bartholomew Road. Travel .9 miles until Bartholomew ends at Quinn Road. Turn left onto Quinn Road and travel .4 miles until it ends in Beartown Lakes Reservation.
From Warren and points west: US-422 W to OH-44. Turn south onto OH-44 to Bartholomew Rd. Turn right onto Bartholomew Road and travel until it ends at Quinn Road. Turn left onto Quinn Road and travel 4 miles until it ends in Beartown Lakes Reservation.