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Deer Creek State Park
DEER CREEK STATE PARK
DEER CREEK STATE PARK
20635 Waterloo Road
Mt Sterling, Ohio   43143-9501

Phone: 740-869-3124
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Deer Creek State Park
© Monica Jamison Photography

Located in the heart of Ohio's agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is central Ohio's vacation showplace. A collage of meadows and woodlands surround the scenic reservoir. This resort park features a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and boating for outdoor enthusiasts.
Nature of the Area
Deer Creek State Park lies on the eastern edge of the great till plains of Ohio. These plains receive their name from the glacial debris, or till, which is a mixture of sand, silt and gravel that was deposited by the glaciers. As glaciers advanced across the northern two-thirds of Ohio, most hills and valleys were covered and filled in by the till, leaving this part of Ohio relatively flat.

Today, these rich plains in the park's region support corn, soybeans and wheat. The first settlers to the area did not find these open fields. Except for a few small prairie openings, the region was covered by dense woodlands. A regrowth of the original woodlands can be found scattered along the ridge tops and creek bottoms of the park.

Wildflowers abound in the fields and woodlands of the till plains. In spring, common flowers are Dutchman's breeches, rue anemone, trillium, spring beauty and bloodroot. Summer months produce thimbleweed, wild lettuce, jewelweed and daisy fleabane. In autumn, the most abundant flowers are aster, goldenrod and chicory, whose roots were used by settlers to make a coffee-like beverage.

The best known animals of the Deer Creek area include amphibians such as the chorus frog, spring peeper and American toad. Reptiles include box and painted turtles, black rat snake and eastern garter snake. Numerous mammals inhabit the park. Most of them are small and include the red fox, raccoon, opossum, woodchuck, skunk, rabbit, deer mouse and white-tailed deer. Deer Creek is known for its population of ring-necked pheasant. Other birds of the area include eastern meadowlark, song sparrow, cowbird, eastern bluebird, barn swallow and woodcock.
History of the Area
On a long ridge that once overlooked Deer Creek and its valley, researchers have discovered evidence of a camp of an ancient Indian tribe. The nomads who camped here around 2,000 B.C. were hunters and gatherers and used this camp periodically throughout the year. Since agriculture was not practiced by the nomads, they moved on after they depleted the plant or animal food supplies in a locale. Burial sites near the camp indicate it was inhabited over a period of time.

In more recent years, a cottage owned by Harry M. Daugherty, the attorney general under President Warren G. Harding, overlooked the valley. The rustic one and one-half story cottage was built in 1918. The President was said to have visited this cottage which now bears his name.

The completion of the dam in 1968 created the lake with the park officially opening in 1974.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2337
 Water, acres1277
 Nearby Wildlife Area, acres3710
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles9
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet1400
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles1
 Bridle Trails, miles18
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental152
 Launch Ramps, #2
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingElectric Sites, #227
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Group Camp, capacity60
 Youth Group Camp, capacity200
 Horsemen Campsites, #3
WinterSnowmobilingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #110
 Family Cottages, #26
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Golf Courseyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
The campground at Deer Creek has 232 sites. All have electricity. The campground features showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Pets are permitted on designated sites. Four Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. A group camp is also available by reservation. A horsemen's camp provides primitive overnight facilities for riders and a primitive group camp offers an area for groups.
Cottages
Twenty-five cottages offer overnight accommodations. The cottages have two bedrooms, bath with a shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. The cottages sleep six people. The historic Harding Cabin offers a unique setting and sleeps 8.
Events
May 22 - May 25
Memorial Day Weekend - Deer Creek
The first official weekend of summer and where should you be? Deer Creek State Park Campground. There will be plenty of activities for all ages. Games, food and fun are all on the list for the weekend. Join the Deer Creek Volunteers and staff in welcoming the official start of summer.

Deer Creek State Park

July 3 - July 5
July 4th Campout - Deer Creek
Join the park naturalist, staff and volunteers for a weekend of fun naturalist activities, movies, marshmallow roast and concession for anyone who does not want to cook. Be sure to ask staff for local fireworks times so you enjoy the summer's best event, the sparks and booms in the night sky.

Deer Creek State Park

July 24 - July 26
Christmas in July - Deer Creek
Join Deer Creek staff and volunteers for a weekend of winter festivities in warm and sunny July. Of course there will be site decorating so pull out that Christmas decorations and bring them with you, Christmas themed movies, marshmallow roast, and games and activities for all ages. The big man in the red suit will even make a visit for the north pole. Kids make sure you bring your Christmas list so you can tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

Deer Creek State Park

August 7 - August 9
Summer Fun Day - Deer Creek
Is the summer heat and end of summer blues kicking in? Join park volunteers and staff to help get you in a better mood. There will be naturalist activities, Friends Group Concession stand, movies, marshmallow roast, bounce houses raffle, games and every kids gets a prize.

Deer Creek State Park

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Swimming
A spacious 1,700-foot swimming beach graces the shores of Deer Creek State Park. A concession area and changing booths are special features at the beach.
Boating
Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the 1,277-acre Deer Creek reservoir. Two launch ramps provide access to the lake. A fully equipped marina offers fuel, boat rental and seasonal dock rentals.


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas are situated in scenic locations around the park.
Trails
Seven miles of hiking trails take the visitor through meadows and scattered woodlands. Fourteen miles of bridle trails can accommodate riders with their own horses. A fitness trail near the lodge offers an opportunity for exercise in a wooded setting.
Area Attractions
East of Deer Creek near Circleville is A.W. Marion State Park which offers fishing, camping and picnicking. Stage's Pond, a state nature preserve, is located five miles north of Circleville. This 178-acre glacial, kettle lake is a waterfowl refuge and a prime observation area for birdlife. Deer Creek Wildlife Area which is adjacent to the park is operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and managed for upland game. In nearby Chillicothe, visitors can witness the living drama of Tecumseh at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 7 One of my favorite campgrounds. by Candy
This campground is always kept up on cleaniness of the restrooms,laundry room and the store/office is always stocked up on supplies. Very friendly staff as well.
May 13 very good fishi;ng and nice picnic area by Terri
Very clean, and employees are helpful. nice picnic area and good fishing


Area Campgrounds
Deer Creek Camping Resort
13385 Crownover Mill Road
Mount Sterling, OH
740-869-3519
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Frosties Guns & Ammo
14761 Crownover Mill Rd
New Holland, OH
(740) 495-5282
Mary's Bait Shop
4741 State Route 207 NE
Washington Ct Hs, OH
(740) 869-3597
Area Cabins and Lodges
Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center
22300 State Park 20 Rd
Mt Sterling, OH
(740) 869-2020
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
33.6 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
63.5 miles from park*
Area Resources
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
38.6 miles from park*
Weather Forecast, (43145)

Directions
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20635 Waterloo Road, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143

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Deer Creek State Park
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