Chippewa Lake Park
Chippewa Lake, Ohio
October 7, 2002
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The Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, Chippewa Lake, Ohio

Chippewa Lake Park in Medina Ohio was a small lakeside amusement park from 1878 to 1978 before closing it's doors for good.  Twenty-four years had passed since the parks coasters thrilled the masses so I worked it so we had time to stop by after our Knoebel's trip for a look.  We met up with Josh who had been through the park before and he acted as a guide to what was left of Chippewa Lake Park.

The Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, Chippewa Lake, Ohio

We didn't go through the main entrance because of the fencing there but instead headed across a field to the coaster.  To get to the coaster we crossed a newly dug ditch which looked like it drained this portion of the Big Dipper's remains which had previously been resting in a swamp. 

The Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, Chippewa Lake, Ohio

It's neat as well as sad to see a coaster and a park in this sad state of disrepair.  I wish Chippewa Lake had survived but it'd had a hard time surviving today with Cedar Point and Six Flags all within a hour or so drive  away.  Wandering through the woods that were once Chippewa Lake Park was fascinating because after every turn some remnant of the park presented itself to you.

The Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, Chippewa Lake, Ohio


The forest is slowly taking everything back!  It's hard to pick out what's coaster and what's alive in this tangled mess.



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