Photos: the abandoned and silent Chippewa Lake, Enchanted Forest amusement parks


Chippewa Lake (Photo Seph Lawless)

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Local photographer, Seph Lawless  has taken us through the now abandoned property that was once Geauga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio.

Now he is giving us all a similar look at two other Ohio amusement parks that are now silent: Chippewa Lake in Medina County which was open from 1898-1978 and The Enchanted Forest Playground in Toledo, open from 2000-2005.

Along with Geauga Lake, the parks are featured in Lawless' upcoming book, Abandoned: Hauntingly Beautiful Deserted Theme Parks. The book comes out in October, but Seph gave us a chance to see some of the photos ahead of time.

Chippewa Lake is one of the oldest abandoned parks Lawless has ever visited. He says it has a "spooky, Scooby Doo kind of atmosphere" and that "Everything is grey here. Everything is dead."

Seph remembers visiting the Enchanted Forest park as a child, and laments the fact that "Years later, I'm here inside the broken remnants of this abandoned amusement park..."


Geauga Lake, from a story we did earlier on Seph's work:


A look at more stories on Seph Lawless here.

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