Lakes & Ponds

In collaboration with and in response to the recent testing results provided by the Mahoning County District Board of Health, in accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 3745.104 with E. coli levels, Mill Creek MetroParks is closing Lakes Newport, Cohasset, and Glacier for public use until further notice.

Effective immediately, all scheduled activities for these lakes will be cancelled until further notice. No fishing or recreational use of Lakes Newport, Cohasset, and Glacier is permitted as well.

If you have registered for an upcoming water program/activity, please contact the Ford Nature Center.

“In the interest of protecting MetroParks patrons’ health, safety, and well-being, we believe this is the appropriate course of action,” stated Executive Director Aaron Young.

Lake Glacier

Lake Glacier was created in 1906 by the damming of Mill Creek at the “narrows” as it approached the Mahoning River. This 44-acre lake has provided recreational opportunities for many generations. Boating and fishing are permitted in season. Kayaks and pedal boats are available to rent at the Glacier Boathouse on West Glacier Dr. A passenger boat is available for individual rides and group reservations. A barrier-free fishing dock is located along West Glacier Dr. Hikers can access Old Tree Trail and East Glacier Trail. Parking is available at this facility.

Lake Newport & Wetlands

In 1924, Alice Baldwin Lewis donated 70 acres of land specifying that part of the land was to be used for creating a lake. Mill Creek meandered through this shallow valley making it a suitable site for a man-made lake. In 1928 a dam was built, creating what is now known as Lake Newport.

Lake Newport, the largest of Mill Creek Park’s three lakes, offers 60 acres of open water and 40 acres of wetlands. Boating and fishing are permitted in season. A boat launch is located on East Newport Dr. Kayaks and pedal boats are available to rent at the Boathouse on West Newport Dr.

The Newport Wetlands, located at the southern end of the lake, provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Visitors can experience this complex web of flora and fauna by walking the Albert E. Davies Wetland Trail, a boardwalk through the wetlands with interpretive signs along the way. Kayakers can explore the wetland habitat through water trails inaccessible from land. Hikers can access West and East Channel and Islands Trails and West Newport Trail.

Newport Wetlands Improvement Project: Parking Lot and Biofiltration Garden

The rehabilitation of the Newport Wetlands parking lot and the creation of a biofiltration garden was completed in 2013. These improvements will reduce the volume and velocity of storm water runoff and increase the quality of the water before it reaches Mill Creek and Lake Newport.

The parking lot rehabilitation incorporated permeable pavers that drain storm water through the pavement surface to reduce the volume of run-off. The pavers are placed in the parking bays and cover over 6400 sq.ft.

The 12,000 sq.ft. biofiltration garden includes a swale, pools and floodplains. Organic soil material, mounding, gravel areas and native plant species enable this area to filter sediment and pollutants. The biofiltration garden will significantly improve water quality, increase native species and wildlife habitat, and create an appealing feature within a popular area of Mill Creek Park.

The project was funded through a grant from the Ohio EPA’s Clean Water Act, and covered 60% of its cost. Mill Creek MetroParks completed the balance of the project with matching funds and in-kind services.

Lake Cohasset

Lake Cohasset, the oldest of Mill Creek Park’s lakes, was built in 1897 and is known for its stately hemlocks. This 28-acre lake offers visitors a secluded place to view wildlife in their natural habitats. Boating and fishing are not permitted on Lake Cohasset. Hikers can access West and East Cohasset Trails to experience this beautiful area.

Lily Pond

Migrating waterfowl and resident goldfish have made this 3.25-acre pond a popular site since 1896. Visitors can enjoy this area by taking The Lily Pond Circle Trail which loops around the pond.

Parking is available at this facility.