Ottawa County is located in the northwest portion of Ohio on Lake Erie. Interstate Highways 80 and 90, and State Routes 2, 105, 163, and 579 cross the county east and west, and State Routes 19, 51, 53, 269, and 590 run north and south. The Toussaint and Portage Rivers flow into Lake Erie at Ottawa County. The Lake Erie Ports of Marblehead and Port Clinton provide access to Lake Erie Shipping. Included in the County's land area are the Lake Erie Islands of Catawba, North Bass, Middle Bass, South Bass, Rattlesnake, Green, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, Starve, Mouse, Johnson’s, and horseshoe.
Ottawa County is primarily a resort and recreation area with beaches, boating, sailing, fishing, and water-skiing. Other attractions include Put-In-Bay; Perry's Monument: Marblehead Lighthouse; Crane Creek, Catawba Island, East Harbor, Oak Point and South Bass Island State Parks; and Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery.
[Prepared by the Office of Strategic Research - State of Ohio]
|2010 POPULATION: 41,428
LAND AREA: 255.1 Square Miles
WATERWAYS: 323.67 Square Miles
SHORELINE: 107 Miles
COUNTY SEAT: Port Clinton City
NAMED FOR: Native American word
ESTABLISHED: Act - March 6, 1840