GREAT WOLF LODGE Sandusky waterpark has new name, attractions
The Great Lakes Companies have several other locations.
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SANDUSKY -- The Great Bear Lodge is no more.
Instead, what you'll find on U.S. Route 250 not far from Lake Erie is Great Wolf Lodge and waterpark resort.
You'll also find the same packages and several improvements to the amenities that have served the Great Bear Lodge for several years.
The change in name came in June as corporate owner The Great Lakes Companies decided to consolidate the lodge brand to reflect their other properties, both current and soon to open, in the United States and Canada.
The original Great Bear Lodge in Sandusky opened in 2001 and was based on a similar facility, named Great Wolf Lodge, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The change in name at this lodge was accompanied by a few changes at the 33,000-square-foot indoor waterpark that is the centerpiece for the site.
While there were already nine water slides, five pools, a central treehouse with water-based sprays and other features, a lazy river ride and many other watery attractions at the park, a slew of new features have been added.
Chief among these is the Otter Run, two new body slides that have their beginning point inside the Fort Mackenzie Treehouse. The twisting and turning slides, one partially covered, total 300 linear feet of downhill water.
Younger park participants can enjoy the new Soak 'n Oak Springs at the toddler pool, where they can slide, climb, float and spray on a new, soft play area.
There is also a new, 25-foot tall waterfall rock-climbing wall that is available for an additional fee.
The indoor pool area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There are a number of attractive features about the hotel-waterpark facility including the close proximity of lodging to the park, complementary pool towels and a quiet "hibernation" period from 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily.
Also available at Great Wolf Lodge is the Buckhorn Exchange gift shop, Gitchigoomie Grill, Lumber Jack's Cook Shanty, Cub Club children's activity center, Iron Horse Fitness Room and the Northern Lights Arcade.
There are also a number of other chain-based and locally owned restaurants, shopping centers and other attractions within a short drive from the lodge.
Corporate officials said further improvements are in the planning stages at the Sandusky Great Wolf Lodge over the next few years and include further expansion of the indoor waterpark as well as a full-service spa and other features.
Information on costs for lodging, entry into the waterpark or for special packages is available by calling (419) 606-6000, (888) 779-2327 or by going online at www.greatwolflodge.com.
There are similar lodges operated by The Great Lakes Companies in Traverse City, Mich., and Kansas City, Kan. Sites currently are under construction in Williamsburg, Va., Pocono Mountains, Pa., and Niagara Falls, Ontario.