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Brady Lake is a natural lake in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is a kettle lake and has no natural tributaries or outlets. The lake is located Franklin Township, approximately one mile (1.6 km) east of the Kent city limits with the unincorporated area of Brady Lake surrounding the lake. From 1927 to 2017, the areas along the eastern and southern shores were part of the village of Brady Lake.[1]

Brady Lake
Brady lake tea house area.jpg
LocationPortage County, Ohio
Coordinates41°09′53″N 81°18′58″W / 41.16472°N 81.31611°W / 41.16472; -81.31611Coordinates: 41°09′53″N 81°18′58″W / 41.16472°N 81.31611°W / 41.16472; -81.31611
Typekettle lake
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface elevation1,053 ft (321 m)
SettlementsBrady Lake


Brady Lake gets its name from Captain Samuel Brady who hid in the lake in 1780 while fleeing a band of local American Indians.[2] Initially, the lake was referred to as "Brady's Lake" before eventually being shortened to the modern Brady Lake.[3]

Historical usesEdit

Brady Lake was used during the operation of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal as a source of water along with nearby Pippen Lake, as the canal passed just to the south of the lake just east of present-day Kent, Ohio.[4] From 1900-1924 Brady Lake was used to harvest ice in for local ice boxes, with some ice being shipped as far as Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio.[5]


  1. ^ "Brady Lake, Ohio". Google Maps. Google. 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  2. ^ Bolton, Brad (1999). "About Captain Samuel Brady". Kent Historical Society website. Kent Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Did Sam Brady Jump?". Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  4. ^ "Ehmann P&O". Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  5. ^ Wardle, Michelle (2005). Images of America: Kent. Charleston, South Carolina, USA: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3381-5.