From beautiful geography to an ideal cost of living and plenty of recreational activities, there’s plenty to do in Ottawa County.
Here, after a day (or two), you’ll feel like you’re not even in Ohio.


Our humid continental climate is characterized by typically warm summers, short periods of spring and fall, and with winters that generally range from cool to cold. Precipitation in Ohio is moderate year-round. Ottawa County is known for our beautiful Lake Erie. Residents and visitors enjoy scenic views all throughout the county and historic landmarks, such as the Marblehead Lighthouse and Perry’s Monument.


Ottawa County offers a home to suit every need. Whether you want an apartment or a newly built single-family home, Ottawa County’s housing options accommodate the full spectrum at prices to fit your budget. Add in the surrounding beauty, plus close proximity to the urban areas of Toledo and Cleveland, and you have the perfect combination of an ideal place to start out on your own, raise a family, retire or as a vacation home.


Ottawa County is home a number of healthcare facilities including H.B. Magruder Hospital and Ottawa County Health Department. Our healthcare providers have the best medical professionals, supported by top technology, facilities & services. Whether you have a physician’s order for short-term therapy or are looking for in-​home healthcare or non-medical companionship, Ottawa County has several options for you.


All six public school districts and three private K-5 schools all have achieved a minimum of the state’s second highest rating of “effective” or higher. The average student-teacher ratio for the County is 15.5:1, which is level with the state and national averages of 15.3:1. For higher education or training opportunities, students are able to choose from area community colleges and universities close to home.


Historic museums, arts and craft shows, and festivals abound throughout Ottawa County. A nationally recognized wildlife refuge with trails open year round. Along with a celebrated Native American and War of 1812 roots, we also pay tribute to the legendary all-metal Ford Tri-Motor, also known as the Tin Goose – first used in 1939 for air service to the Lake Erie Islands. Ottawa County has a number of locally owned and operated wineries and craft breweries.


Here, you can practice your swing year-round at an indoor golf facility. Relax on our beaches and state parks for boating, kayaking, fishing, and hiking. Jump on one of our local ferries and head over to the Lake Erie Islands. And be back in time for dinner on the waterfront all while watching the sunset. We have various musicians throughout the county and Northwest Ohio who come to have a good time and entertain.

Have we convinced you yet?

With our cozy lakeside communities, historic downtowns, and rural communities that give off a small town vibe, Ottawa County has it all. Each year, over 11 million people are attracted to our Lake Erie Shores & Islands region and makes Ottawa County one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for visitors. Ottawa County is the perfect place to invest in and grow, for both your business and your family.

(data: 2020 census bureau)