Clara D Peet Preserve: Conneautashmetparfeb2019-04-10T13:36:00-04:00
Clara D Peet Preserve: Conneaut
Status: Open to the public from dawn to dusk for fishing, birding and hiking. Primitive camp sites are designated exclusively for organized program and scout groups, call for an application or download from our information tab and submit to: Ashtabula Metroparks 91 N Chestnut St. Jefferson OH 44047
Historically known as Camp Peet, Clara D. Peet established and donated this 65 acre property for the local youth in 1928.
The Trustees of this camp have now entrusted the ACMP to expand her vision by offering the site for public enjoyment.
The park is preserved with a conservation easement to protect Conneaut Creek and the forested riparian.
Park has mowed trails, a new pavilion, primitive restroom, (no water) remnants of camp buildings, and is directly adjacent and upstream from a USFW preserve with parking and float launch.
Visitors can enjoy birding, canoe/kayaking, fishing, hiking, photography, picnic, and X-country skiing.
Dawn to Dusk
Visitors can enjoy birding, canoe/kayaking, fishing, hiking, photography, picnic, and X-country skiing. Primitive restroom available. New pavilion. No water.
FromI-90 E, 11.9 miles. Take exit 235 for OH-84/OH-193 toward N Kingsville, .02 miles. Turn left onto OH-193 N/OH-84 W., 1.0 miles. Continue to follow OH -193 N. Follow Creek Rd to Keefus Rd in Conneaut.
In 1928 Clara Peet via a trust willed the 65 acre property to the youth of the Conneaut Lakeville area for properly supervised activities that included physical and moral instruction. The property included 2 cabins that could sleep 12 people each and a large dining hall. Pictures from this time period show few trees and mostly pasture. The dining hall was destroyed early on in an arson fire and another cabin burned in the 70’s from a chimney fire. The remaining cabin collapsed and was beyond repair about 1984.
In 1983 a new Board of Trustee’s was appointed. There had been almost nothing done in years so they set about installing a gate to prevent dumping, put five truckloads of gravel on the road and a whole day with a bulldozer to restore the road into camp. There were no cleared areas for camping or other activities.
There are now six cleared sites for group camping and an activities field. In 2004 Troop 34 Scout Tom Spencer constructed a pavilion in one of the camp sites for his Eagle Service Project.
In 2015 the Camp Peet Trustees agreed to look at some options to consider for the future of the camp and decided that the Ashtabula County Metro Park System was the best fit. Some of the advantages include: grant writing experience, access to more people with a broader range of skills, no administrative fee. No income tax fee, no insurance, tax exempt and a formation of a support group that will increase the number of hands on people.